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AI Voice-Cloning Tool Used to Make Celebs Spout Racist Slurs

'...an increasing number of voice cloning misuse cases... '

(Headline USA) A new artificial intelligence tool is already being used to create deepfakes, or fake videos, of celebrities using racial and inappropriate slurs, according to a report.

Eleven Labs, a British AI firm, said on Monday that it would be putting additional “safeguards” on its platform after finding “an increasing number of voice cloning misuse cases.”

The firm did not elaborate on what it meant by “misuse cases,” but other reports found posts on 4chan of clips featuring generated voices that sound like celebrities. In one clip, for example, a voice that sounds like actress Emma Watson’s is heard reading a part of Mein Kampf. In another, a voice very similar to Ben Sharpio makes racist remarks about Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. In a third, someone saying ‘trans rights are human rights’ sounds like he’s being strangled.

Eleven Labs said one of the new security features it is considering implementing is an added layer to account verification, such as requiring users to enter payment info or a legal ID. It is also considering having users verify copyright ownership of the voice they want to close, such as getting them to submit a sample with prompted text.

The company also said it’s considering dropping the AI voice tool completely.

Not too long ago, Eleven Labs was touting its voice cloning technology as having “the potential to revolutionize the way content is produced, delivered and interacted with across a range of industries.” It even shared a video it created of actor Leonardo DiCaprio being voiced over by other celebrities.

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