FCC Proposes $6M Fine for Robocalls Spreading Fraudulent Election Info

The deepfake technology was used to mislead New Hampshire voters.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has proposed a fine of $6 million for illegal robocalls that used deepfake, AI-generated voice cloning, and caller ID spoofing to spread election misinformation to potential New Hampshire voters before the January primary.

Two days before the 2024 New Hampshire presidential primary, robocalls with a deepfake audio of President Biden’s voice urged voters not to vote in the primary but to “save your vote for the November election.” These calls, which spoofed the caller ID of a local political consultant, violated the Truth in Caller ID Act by transmitting false caller ID information with harmful intent.

“We will act swiftly and decisively to ensure that bad actors cannot use U.S. telecommunications networks to facilitate the misuse of generative AI technology to interfere with elections, defraud consumers, or compromise sensitive data,” said Loyaan Egal, Chief of the Enforcement Bureau and chair of the Privacy and Data Protection Task Force.

The investigation, supported by the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office, revealed the telecom provider, who is now facing separate enforcement action for failing to verify caller ID information.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Chief Egal to seek God’s wisdom as he heads the Enforcement Bureau of the FCC.
  • For Chair Jessica Rosenworcel to receive God’s direction as she heads the commission.

Sources: Federal Communications Commission


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