X is forced to ban ALL searches for Taylor Swift five days after vile sexually graphic AI pictures emerged on the platform
In a stunning move, social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter, has blocked any searches for Taylor Swift’s name in the fallout from grotesque AI images of the singer that circulated widely on the site last week.
Searches for Swift’s name on the social media platform formerly known as Twitter on Monday morning returned the error message: ‘Something went wrong. Try reloading.’
“This is a temporary action and done with an abundance of caution as we prioritize safety over this issue,” Joe Benarroch, head of business operations at X, said in a statement. Swift’s legal team is rumored to be planning legal action.
One image of Swift shared on X was viewed 47 million times before the account was suspended, according to a New York Times report. The company was widely criticized for its seemingly slow response to the emergence of the photos, eventually suspending the account where it originated.
Since billionaire Elon Musk acquired Twitter in 2022, he has been criticized for his own controversial posts and his efforts to overhaul the platform’s content moderation policies. Many advertisers on the platform have scaled back spending, fearing appearing alongside harmful posts.
An X executive said the drastic move to block all searches for Taylor Swift’s name is ‘temporary’ as the company tries to ‘prioritise safety’
This is the message that greets users trying to search for Swift on X
The message assures users that it is not their fault that Swift content is not showing up in search
The singer is the seventh most followed person on X. At the time of writing, users can’t even look up her profile. Despite being so popular, Swift only posted 816 messages. By comparison, number six on the list, her former love rival Katy Perry, posted 12,000 tweets.
Videos of Swift celebrating with boyfriend Travis Kelce after helping the Kansas City Chiefs reach the Super Bowl Sunday night continue to appear under media searches, as do lists related to Swift’s superfans on the site.
Ironically, the media tab is where all the highly explicit AI-generated photos initially surfaced before X began suspending accounts that reshared them last week.
Following the publication of the hideous images, Swift’s ardent fan base of Swifties quickly mobilized and launched a counter-offensive on the platform formerly known as Twitter and a #ProtectTaylorSwift hashtag to flood it with more positive images of the pop star.
Some said they were reporting accounts sharing the deepfakes.
The deepfake detection group Reality Defender said it detected a flood of pornographic material depicting Swift without consensus, particularly on X. Some images also made their way to Facebook and other Meta-owned social media platforms.
Travis Kelce kisses girlfriend Taylor after leading his Chiefs team to a spot in the Super Bowl
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Media searches for Swift still appear, but it was the same section where the deeply fake images were first seen
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre called the fake images “alarming” on Friday and said social media companies have a responsibility to prevent the spread of such misinformation.
Jean-Pierre told a news conference that lax enforcement against fake images, which may have been created by artificial intelligence (AI), disproportionately affects women.
A source close to Swift said: ‘Whether legal action will be taken or not is being decided, but one thing is clear: these fake AI-generated images are insulting, offensive, exploitative and done without Taylor’s consent and knowledge. .
They said: ‘The Twitter account they posted no longer exists. It’s shocking that the social media platform even got them up to begin with.
‘These images must be removed from wherever they exist and must not be promoted by anyone.
‘Taylor’s circle of friends and family are outraged, as are her fans of course. They have the right to be, and every woman should be.
‘The door must be closed on this. Legislation must be passed to prevent this and laws must be enacted.’
The nefarious websites are hiding in plain sight, seemingly disguised by proxy IP addresses.
X posted a statement nearly a day after the images began being posted, saying: ‘Our teams are actively removing all identified images and taking appropriate action against the accounts responsible for them.’
A spokesperson for Meta told DailyMail.com: ‘This content violates our policies and we are removing it from our platforms and taking action against accounts that posted it.
“We continue to monitor and if we identify any additional infringing content, we will remove it and take appropriate action.”