Authorities issue cease and desist orders against two Texas firms in wake of AI-generated robocalls impersonating Biden

By Sam Shipman

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New Hampshire authorities issued a cease and desist order to two companies in Texas they believe were involved with robocalls using artificial intelligence to impersonate President Joe Biden’s voice and discourage people from voting in New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary last month.

The recorded message was sent to between 5,000 and 25,000 voters two days before the primary. The message itself included the familiar voice saying one of the president’s common phrases, “What a bunch of malarkey” and falsely stated that voting in the primary would prevent voters from casting their ballot in November’s general election.

New Hampshire Attorney General John Formella said investigators found that the source of the calls is Life Corporation and stated they are sent by a company called Lingo Telecom. New Hampshire issued cease and desist orders on both companies. In a statement, the Federal Communications Commission said it was trying to stop “behavior that violates voter suppression laws.”

Voter suppression using artificial intelligence will be a common theme during this election according to experts. Formella said investigation against artificial intelligence has just started, and wanted to send a strong message to those who desire to interfere with the 2024 election.

“Our message is clear: Law enforcement across the country is unified on a bipartisan basis and ready to work together to combat any attempt to undermine our elections,” Formella said.