The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has made a decisive move by outlawing robocalls featuring voices generated by artificial intelligence (AI), signaling a firm stance against the misuse of technology for scams and voter deception. The ruling, effective immediately, targets AI-generated robocalls under existing legislation like the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. This action comes following investigations into AI-generated robocalls during New Hampshire’s primary election, which impersonated President Joe Biden’s voice to dissuade voters.
The regulation grants the FCC authority to fine companies employing AI voices in calls and enables legal action by call recipients. FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel highlighted the growing threat posed by AI-generated robocalls, emphasizing the need for swift action. The ruling aligns AI-generated voices in robocalls with existing regulations, imposing significant fines on violators. The FCC’s decision follows bipartisan calls for action and aims to address the rising use of sophisticated generative AI tools in elections. Investigations into the New Hampshire robocalls have identified companies involved, leading to cease-and-desist orders and legal actions. Lingo Telecom and Life Corp., the companies implicated, have faced previous accusations of illegal robocalls, with ongoing efforts to curb their activities.