G. McConway
January 29, 2024

X Confirms Blocking Taylor Swift Searches for Safety Reasons

Taylor Swift is already the most popular person on the planet, yet she was able to add to her marketability when she started dating Kansas City Chiefs Tight End Travis Kelce.

Unfortunately for Taylor, some of the people whose attention she has been drawing as of late have nefarious purposes in mind.

To that point, X recently blacklisted searches for Taylor Swift in response to some controversial AI photos that were published.

Protecting Taylor

Last week, the internet just about blew up after reports were made of pornographic AI fakes of Taylor Swift making their rounds on X.

Taylor Swift was adamant that the pictures were not authorized, and even the White House took an interest in America’s sweetheart’s nude picture scandal.

X also took action, banning certain searches associated with Taylor Swift out of an abundance of caution.

Joe Benarroch, X’s head of business operations, stated, “This is a temporary action and done with an abundance of caution as we prioritize safety on this issue.”

X was criticized for a slow response to initial reports, which led to Swifties taking action for their heroine.

Swift’s supporters on X started to report all of the accounts showing the photos, which led to accounts being suspended and the pictures being removed from the platform.

X later added, “Posting Non-Consensual Nudity (NCN) images is strictly prohibited on X and we have a zero-tolerance policy towards such content. Our teams are actively removing all identified images and taking appropriate actions against the accounts responsible for posting them.

“We're closely monitoring the situation to ensure that any further violations are immediately addressed, and the content is removed. We're committed to maintaining a safe and respectful environment for all users.”

These AI photos and videos have taken over the internet, including fake endorsement videos for products by major stars.

Just how AI can and should be used is not a hot topic in DC, so we can probably expect legislation on this at some point, calling for significant penalties for individuals using non-approved images or creating deep fakes like the ones put out to hurt Swift.

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