White House condemns 'worrying' AI after sexually explicit deepfake image of Taylor Swift shared 47m times

The White House has condemned “very worrying” AI-created explicit images of Taylor Swift that have circulated online.

Joe Biden’s press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said social media companies have “an important role to play in enforcing their own rules”.

Doctored images of Swift have been spread across social media, with one image seen more than 47 million times before it was removed from Twitter.

The share follows a fake robocall mimicking US president Joe Biden’s voice and urging voters not to go to the polls during Tuesday’s primary in New Hampshire being put under investigation. The president has previously said the US is looking to the UK to “lead the effort” on how artificial intelligence is regulated.

Taylor Swift with an MTV award (PA)
Taylor Swift with an MTV award (PA)

The group Reality Defender, which detects deepfakes, said it has found other images of Swift, including one of her covered in blood and others to do with American Football.

The images have been found on Twitter as well as platforms controlled by Meta.

Ms Jean-Pierre said: “We're going to do what we can to deal with this issue.

"So while social media companies make their own independent decisions about content management, we believe they have an important role to play in enforcing their own rules to prevent the spread of misinformation, and non-consensual, intimate imagery of real people."

The White House has also confirmed Mr Biden did not record the call about the New Hampshire primaries - where Donald Trump won the state’s Republican nomination.

Twitter said on Friday it is "actively removing all identified images and taking appropriate actions against the accounts responsible for posting them”.

"We're closely monitoring the situation to ensure that any further violations are immediately addressed, and the content is removed,” a statement added.

A statement from Meta, the company that owns Facebook, read: "We continue to monitor our platforms for this violating content and will take appropriate action as needed.”

Swift has not commented.