Vera Jourova, Vice President of the EU Commission, made a statement after the meeting held in Brussels on the voluntary rules for digital platforms, which the union started to implement to prevent disinformation.
Explaining that new artificial intelligence technologies can offer ways and expressions that increase productivity, Jourova emphasized that they also have a dark side, emphasizing that artificial intelligence presents new risks and negative consequences for the spread of disinformation.
“Advanced chatbots like ChatGPT are capable of creating complex, well-proven content and images in a matter of seconds. Video generators are able to create real-looking pictures of events that never happened. Audio software can mimic a person’s voice based on a sample of a few seconds. ” said.
Pointing out that new technologies pose new challenges in the fight against disinformation, Jourova explained that she demands new rules on artificial intelligence from digital platforms.
Reminding that the current rules do not cover the latest tools of artificial intelligence, Jourova emphasized that service providers in the field of artificial intelligence such as Microsoft and Google should take measures to prevent them from being used for disinformation.
Noting that companies that offer services that have the potential to spread artificial intelligence-generated disinformation must deploy the necessary technology to identify such content and clearly label it to users, Jourova said, “Artificial intelligence content needs to be labeled right now.” said.
Regarding Twitter’s departure from the EU’s voluntary code of practice against disinformation last week, Jourova said: “We believe this is a mistake. Twitter has drawn a lot of attention by stepping out of these rules. Twitter’s actions and compliance with EU laws will be promptly and carefully scrutinized.” he said.
The voluntary application code, prepared by the EU against the increasing disinformation with the COVID-19 epidemic and the Russia-Ukraine war, was put into practice last year.
The new code, signed by around 40 major platforms such as Meta, Google, Twitter, and Microsoft, included broader commitments and safeguards against online disinformation.
Last week, Twitter announced that it was leaving the EU’s voluntary code of practice against disinformation.
The EU does not yet have a regulation on ChatGPT or similar artificial intelligence systems, but the EU Commission prepared the first legislative proposal containing the new rules framework on artificial intelligence and submitted it to the member states and the European Parliament 2 years ago.
This proposal introduced some limitations and transparency rules in the use of artificial intelligence systems.
In the Commission’s proposal, artificial intelligence systems were divided into 4 main groups: unacceptable “risk”, “high risk”, “limited risk” and “minimum risk”.
Work continues on this regulation within the EU structure.