ST. PAUL, Minn. — On Wednesday, the Minnesota Senate passed legislation to protect Minnesotans from online harassment and maintain the integrity of elections. HF 1370, which passed 64-1, regulates synthetic media, known as “deep fakes,” when used to manipulate the outcome of elections or used to depict sexual content.
Chief author Senator Erin Maye Quade (DFL-Apple Valley) released the following statement celebrating HF 1370’s passage:
“This bill is a necessary defense of Minnesotans’ privacy, free speech, and the integrity of our elections. Deep fake technology is very advanced, and it becomes more advanced with every passing month. Our elections stand on a shared foundation of factual information, and deep fakes have the potential to erode trust in reality and manipulate public opinion with hyper-realistic false videos of candidates and elected officials. Deep fakes also have the potential to hurt private citizens, if someone nonconsensually creates a video of someone engaging in sexual conduct. I’m glad to see broad bipartisan support for regulations that are strong first step toward protecting Minnesotans from manipulated propaganda and harassment. I’m grateful for my colleagues’ support and look forward to seeing this bill signed into law.”
The House unanimously passed HF 1370 on March 30, 127-0. The bill will now a conference committee for resolution with the version passed by the House.