Sen. Liz Larson, D-Sioux Falls, listens to testimony during a state Senate Education Committee meeting on Jan. 16, 2024. (Makenzie Huber/South Dakota Searchlight)

Efforts to thwart the influence of ‘deepfakes’ meet resistance in the Legislature

BY: - February 23, 2024

Legislative efforts to curb the spread of computer-generated fake video, audio and imagery – referred to as “deepfakes” – may have to wait until next year.  A committee of lawmakers defeated a bill Friday that would have regulated election-related deepfakes, after a broader deepfakes bill was tabled earlier during the legislative session in Pierre. “We […]

The South Dakota Senate convenes on Feb. 5, 2024. (Makenzie Huber/South Dakota Searchlight)

Deepfakes bill clears state Senate, loses impact on 2024 primary

BY: - February 13, 2024

A bill to bar the dissemination of unlabeled “deepfakes” within 90 days of an election cleared the state Senate on Tuesday, but not before lawmakers stripped it of an emergency clause that would have changed the law in time for the 2024 primary. Deepfakes is the blanket term attached to photos, audio and video manipulated […]

Sen. Liz Larson, D-Sioux Falls, on the Senate floor during the 2024 legislative session. (Makenzie Huber/South Dakota Searchlight)

Full Senate to take up pre-election regulation of ‘deepfake’ misinformation

BY: - February 7, 2024

Opposition from media organizations wasn’t enough to stop a bill that would require the labeling of “deepfakes” within 90 days of an election. On a 5-3 vote Wednesday, lawmakers on the Senate State Affairs Committee chose to send Senate Bill 96 on to a full debate on the Senate floor. “I doubt it’s going to […]