In response to today’s vote by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to ban AI-generated robocalls that could deceive voters, Issue One Founder and CEO Nick Penniman issued the following statement:
“The unregulated use of AI as a means to target, manipulate, and deceive voters is an existential threat to democracy and the integrity of our elections. This is not a future possibility, but a present reality that demands decisive action.
“Today’s decision by the FCC is a positive step, but it’s not enough. We need Congress to prohibit bad actors from using deceptive AI to disrupt our elections. The Federal Election Commission (FEC), too, must clarify regulatory language to ban the use of deliberately deceptive AI in campaign communications.
“These guardrails are vital to ensure we have the necessary tools to effectively counter this growing threat and protect our elections.”
Issue One has previously called on the FEC to prevent the use of deceptive generative AI in political campaign ads, and our bipartisan National Council on Election Integrity has called on Congress to address the threats posed by AI.
Issue: Election Protection