FCC declares robocalls with AI-generated voices illegal

The Federal Communications Commission is cracking down on robocalls using voices generated by artificial intelligence to combat election fraud and phone scams, a move that follows a controversial robocall using an AI clone of President Joe Biden in New Hampshire.

The FCC ruled unanimously on Thursday that using AI to generate voices in a robocall is considered illegal. Using AI to engage in a scam or fraud was already illegal.

These unsolicited calls are used “to threaten election integrity, harm public safety, and prey on the most vulnerable members of our society,” FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks said in a statement.

“We’re putting the fraudsters behind these robocalls on notice,” FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel added.

The ruling came weeks after New Hampshire voters received calls from an unknown party playing a fake voice
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