On Thursday, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed two new pieces of legislation designed to crack down on deepfakes, the AI-manipulated videos turning up online in alarming numbers.

The first, Assembly Bill 602, gives victims of pornographic deepfakes — by far the most common type on the internet — the right to sue the video’s creators.

The other, Assembly Bill 730, takes aim at a far less prevalent but potentially more dangerous type of deepfake — ones featuring politicians — but it might not do enough to actually address the root of the problem.

With the signing of AB 730, it’s now illegal for anyone in California to distribute a photo, audio, or video deepfake of a political candidate within 60 days of an election. Specifically, the law applies to the distribution of content designed to “injure the candidate’s reputation or to deceive a voter into voting for or against the candidate.”

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