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Taylor Swift search functionality back on X amidst explicit AI content controversy

Taylor Swift explicit AI-generated photos recently gained wide attention on the internet

Javeria Ahmed

Taylor Swift search functionality back on X amidst explicit AI content controversy

Taylor Swift explicit AI-generated photos recently gained wide attention on the internet

Taylor Swift search functionality back on X amidst explicit AI content controversy
Taylor Swift search functionality back on X amidst explicit AI content controversy

Taylor Swift search functionality has been re-enabled on the X (former Twitter) platform following an incident involving the unauthorized generation of AI-generated explicit content.

The Anti-Hero singer's name searches were temporarily deactivated during the weekend due to an overflow of explicit AI-generated content on the social media platform. 

This surge led to the removal of all outcomes related to "Taylor Swift nude" or "Taylor Swift AI." 

As of now, X has restored the functionality, allowing users to search for her name once again.

According to a statement from X, acquired by The Hollywood Reporter, “Search has been re-enabled and we will continue to be vigilant for any attempt to spread this content and will remove it if we find it.”

Swift's name search functionality was restored shortly after the White House commented on the matter, urging Congress to consider legislative measures, as communicated by Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre in an interview with ABC News on Friday.

She added, “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 … While social media companies make their own independent decisions about content management, we believe they have an important role to play in enforcing their own rules to prevent the spread of misinformation, and non-consensual, intimate imagery of real people.”

The Lover songstress united to report the images and inundate the social media platform with uplifting posts using keywords such as "Taylor Swift AI."

Read also, Twitter temporarily blocks ‘Taylor Swift’ searches amid explicit AI content surge

Beyond the White House, Congressman Joe Morelle from New York and Senator Mark Warner from Virginia expressed their views on the matter.

Morelle leveraged the AI-generated explicit content to advocate for legislation criminalizing the nonconsensual sharing of digitally manipulated explicit images at the federal level.

Warner expressed his dismay, labelling it as a "deplorable situation," and affirmed his commitment to urging AI companies to halt the dissemination of fabricated images. 

The initial images of the Grammys winner gained widespread attention on Wednesday, and with their proliferation on X and other social media platforms, the challenge of effectively removing them likely intensified.

Despite Taylor Swift and her team maintaining a public silence on the issue, reports are suggesting that legal action is under consideration.

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