Deepfake Videos: The Prime Minister also cited a deepfake video of him doing Garba.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today flagged the misuse of AI or artificial intelligence for creating deepfake videos, including his own, and called it a "big concern."
Speaking at a BJP Diwali event, PM Modi revealed that he had asked the ChatGpt team to flag deepfakes and put out a warning when such videos were circulated online.
The Prime Minister illustrated his point by citing a deepfake video of him doing Garba, a festival dance of Gujarat that is popular across the country. "I recently saw a video in which I was seen playing Garba. I have not done Garba since school," he shared.
"There are many other such videos online," said PM Modi, addressing journalists at the Diwali Milan programme at the BJP headquarters in Delhi. The Prime Minister also urged the media to educate people on such fake videos.
"During the times of Artificial Intelligence, it is important that technology should be used responsibly," he cautioned.
PM Modi's remarks come amid consternation and outrage about a series of deepfake videos on social media with morphed faces of actors Rashmika Mandanna, Katrina Kaif and Kajol.
The videos have sparked massive worry about fake videos targeting public figures and the power of AI to create deepfakes that can mislead the world.
sparked concerns over the ramifications of such tinkering, especially for public figures, who may get in trouble over visuals their faces are doctored into.
Several voices in the film industry, including legendary actor Amitabh Bachchan, have called for legal action.
The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology last week issued an advisory to social media platforms underlining the legal provisions that cover such deepfakes and the penalties their creation and circulation may attract.
Union Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar said that it is a "legal obligation" for online platforms to prevent the spread of misinformation. "Remove any such content when reported within 36 hours of such reporting and ensure expeditious action, well within the timeframes stipulated under the IT Rules 2021, and disable access to the content or information," the statement said.
The government, the minister added, is committed to ensuring safety and trust for Indians in the digital space.
The Centre has said that the creation and circulation of deepfakes carry a strong penalty - Rs 1 lakh in fine and three years in jail.