CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Authorities issued cease and desist orders Tuesday against two Texas companies they suspect are connected to. automated calls using artificial intelligence imitate the president Joe Bidenand discouraging people from voting in New Hampshire’s first national primary last month.
Attorney General of New Hampshire John Formelle said investigators identified the source of the calls as Life Corporation and said they were transmitted by a company called Lingo Telecom. New Hampshire issued cease and desist orders and subpoenas to both companies, while the Federal Communications Commission issued a cease and desist letter to the telecommunications company, Formella said. In a statement, the FCC said it was trying to stop “behavior that violates voter suppression laws.”
At a news conference to discuss the investigation, Formella described the calls as the clearest and perhaps first known attempt to use AI to interfere with a U.S. election.
“This is something that we’ve been concerned about in the law enforcement community for some time, and it’s certainly something that state attorneys general have talked about, but we hadn’t seen an example as concrete as this, a few days before a primary”, he said.
A message left for Life Corporation owner Walter Monk at his company Wholesale Communication was not immediately returned. Alex Valencia, who was named in an FCC letter as Lingo Telecom’s chief compliance officer, did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment.
The recorded message was sent to between 5,000 and 25,000 voters two days before the Jan. 23 primary. He used a voice similar to Biden’s, used his oft-used phrase, “What a bunch of nonsense,” and falsely suggested that voting in the primary would prevent voters from voting in the November general election.
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