Taylor Swift Search Disabled on X/Twitter After Spread of Explicit AI Images
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The Elon Musk-owned platform blocks searches for the 'Blank Space' songstress amid concern over the release of fake photos of the singer in various X-rated poses.

AceShowbiz - X is taking action amid concern amid the release of fake graphic images of Taylor Swift. The social network, formerly known as Twitter, has blocked searches for the pop superstar in an apparent attempt to slow the spread of the AI-generated explicit photos.

As of Sunday, January 28, searches on X for "Taylor Swift" returned an error message that said, "Something went wrong. Try reloading." The service also shows no results for "Taylor Swift nude" or "Taylor Swift AI", the search terms widely used to circulate the illicit pictures. However, the use of specific keywords, such as "Taylor Swift singer", still pulls up results.

Blocked Searches for Taylor Swift on X

X/Twitter has blocked searches for 'Taylor Swift'.

X head of business operations Joe Benarroch said in a statement on Saturday regarding the change to block searches for Taylor Swift, "This is a temporary action and done with an abundance of caution as we prioritize safety on this issue."

The move came after SAG-AFTRA and the White House spoke up on the spread of the fake X-rated photos of the Grammy winner, which were originally uploaded by deepfake porn site Celeb Jihad. In a statement published via its website on Friday, the actors' union said, "The sexually explicit, A.I.-generated images depicting Taylor Swift are upsetting, harmful, and deeply concerning. The development and dissemination of fake images - especially those of a lewd nature - without someone's consent must be made illegal."

The union, which fought against the use of AI to replicate an actor's performance during the strike last year, added, "We support Taylor, and women everywhere who are the victims of this kind of theft of their privacy and right to autonomy."

Meanwhile, Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre addressed the issue during the White House briefing on Friday. "It is alarming," she said, "We are alarmed by the reports of the...circulation of images that you just laid out - of false images to be more exact, and it is alarming."

Karine stressed, "There should be legislation, obviously, to deal with this issue," before imploring, "Congress should take - should take legislative action." She also noted that "lax enforcement" online disproportionately impacts women and girls, "sadly, who are the overwhelming targets -- the overwhelming targets of online harassment, and also abuse."

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