February 23, 2024

On Monday, social-media company X decided to revoke the restriction on searches for Taylor Swift. Previously, users were prohibited from searching for her due to the circulation of fabricated sexually-explicit images of the renowned pop singer on the social media platform last week.

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In a statement issued on Monday, Joe Benarroch, the head of business operations at X, confirmed that the search functionality has now been reinstated. He further emphasized that the company will remain vigilant in detecting any attempts to disseminate such content and promptly remove it upon discovery.

On Sunday afternoon, attempts to search for Taylor Swift’s name on the social media platform previously referred to as Twitter resulted in an error message stating, “Something went wrong. Try reloading.”

X had described this measure as a temporary action taken with an “abundance of caution.”

According to a report from the New York Times, a single image of Swift, who was honored as Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year” in 2023, garnered a staggering 47 million views on X before the account was suspended.

Following the White House’s intervention on Friday, expressing concern over the alarming nature of the fabricated images and emphasizing the responsibility of social media companies to curb the dissemination of misinformation, a ban on searches was implemented.

Since the acquisition of Twitter by billionaire Elon Musk in 2022, he has encountered backlash for his contentious posts, leading numerous advertisers on the platform to reduce their spending due to apprehensions about being linked to harmful content.

In the meantime, Microsoft has implemented additional safeguards for its AI text-to-image generation tool Designer, which was being used by users to produce nonconsensual explicit images of famous individuals.

These updates were prompted by the circulation of AI-generated nude pictures of American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift on X platform last week, originating from 4chan and a Telegram channel where individuals were employing Designer to generate AI-based images of celebrities, as reported by 404 Media.

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