The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has taken a significant step to combat fraudulent robocalls by prohibiting the use of artificial intelligence-generated voices in unsolicited calls across the United States.

This action comes in response to a recent incident where residents of New Hampshire received deceptive voice messages impersonating U.S. President Joe Biden, advising against participation in the state’s primary election.

Under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), the FCC’s ruling aims to strengthen protections against robocall scams by extending existing prohibitions to cover “voice cloning technology,” effectively thwarting a key tool used by scammers.

FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel emphasized the importance of addressing the use of AI-generated voices in fraudulent robocalls, highlighting how bad actors exploit vulnerable individuals, imitate celebrities, and spread misinformation.

The TCPA, which already regulates telemarketing practices, now explicitly prohibits the use of AI to fabricate voices in robocalls, providing law enforcement agencies with additional authority to prosecute offenders.

In a separate development, authorities have identified a Texas-based firm called Life Corporation and an individual named Walter Monk in connection with the recent Biden impersonation robocall. Attorney General Mayes issued a warning letter to the company, denouncing the deceptive practices and emphasizing the need to maintain public trust in the electoral process.

Attorney General John Formella confirmed that a cease-and-desist letter has been sent to the company, and a criminal investigation is underway to address the misuse of AI technology to undermine democratic principles.

The robocall, distributed to thousands of Democratic voters, urged recipients to refrain from participating in the primary election, prompting swift action from law enforcement officials to safeguard the integrity of the electoral process.

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