EU commissioner calls for AI content labeling, but it’ll be tough


Thanks to ChatGPT, Midjourney and the like, more and more AI-generated content is appearing on the web. Its machine origin is usually unknown. That is why an EU commissioner is calling for AI content to be labeled.

Věra Jourová is Vice-President for Values ​​and Transparency at the EU Commission. She is involved in drafting an anti-disinformation code, and has now given its signatories “further homework” – including the inclusion of an explicit paragraph on how to deal with generative AI.

Google, OpenAI, Microsoft and others should label AI content

According to Jourová, generative AI services such as ChatGPT and Google Bard should not be misused by malicious actors to generate disinformation. Providers of such services would need to take appropriate safety measures.

AI-generated content would also need to be “clearly labeled” to be identifiable by users. “Freedom of speech belongs to humans, not machines,” Jourová wrote on Twitter.


Companies such as Google, Microsoft and Meta, which have signed the EU code of conduct against disinformation, are expected to submit their security plans in July. Twitter, which recently withdrew from the code, will be “scrutinized vigorously and urgently.”

Preventing the AI ​​spam dystopia

Recently, AI-generated images caused a stir when a fake photo of Donald Trump created with Midjourney went viral on Twitter. In response, Midjourney introduced a new AI-based moderation system.

But there are similarly powerful open-source technologies for images and text that do not require such safeguards, although the barrier to entry is (still) higher than for commercial products.

The labeling and transparency of AI text is likely to be even more challenging. Identifying AI text based on the written word alone is controversial. Detectors, including OpenAI’s own, do not have reliable recognition rates.

There is also a risk that text that is not clearly identified as human will be assumed to be AI-generated. And at what point is text considered AI-generated – 100 percent machine content, 51 percent, or is ten percent AI text enough to raise alarms?


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