Papua New Guinea
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Fake nudes a concern, says Chief Censor

The rise in social media platforms uploading naked pictures of women and girls has gotten the attention of the Censorship Board in PNG.

In what many have termed as cyber bullying, a picture of women or girls uploaded on social media is then downloaded by other people who use Generative Artificial Intelligence (GAI) in creating new content like images and videos of the women or girls involved in sexual activities, including being naked and also involved in pornography.

Chief Censor Jim Abani said his office has received numerous complaints regarding GAI in creating new content like images and videos of recent reported cases, including uploading of nude images of females on social media is disrespectful and disgrace to our mothers and sisters.

The increase of using new and advance technology features is alarming for young and developing country such as PNG, we are taking about embracing communication and connective and empowering economy but also high risks and dangers of wellbeing is my
concern.

“I call on those sick minded or evil minded people to stop and do something useful and contribute meaningful to nation building.

“This is a new trend with Facebook users in the country on social media platforms increasing with unimaginable ways of discriminating and harassment using fake names to post particularly young females images that are not suitable for public consumption or viewing,” Mr Abani said.

I am calling all relevant agencies to come together including Censorship Office to start implementing some of the policies and regulations together to address these


issues.

He said people are unaware of dangers, particularly our female users of social media platforms upload their original photos which are then uploaded and developed into new images.

These acts are without the individuals consent and knowledge using the Generative AI applications.

Technology is good but we must use wisely and being responsible in using such information that is provided.

Therefore, it requires immediate government agencies attention through relevant content regulators of the mass media.

Censorship office will work closely with Department ICT, DATACO and NICTA, police cybercrime unit to minimise and use Cybercrime Code Act to punish the perpetrators while waiting for Censorship Act finalise the review and amendments.