AI Versus Age-Verification Laws

Source: Reason
by Elizabeth Nolan Brown

“A new AI-powered web tool seems tailor-made to help teens get around age-verification laws online—and showcases the futility of trying to set a minimum age for social media use. In the old days, getting around a minimum-age requirement meant actually having a physical ID card to say that you were of legal age. But with online age verification, all one may need is an image of that ID card. Enter OnlyFake, a website using AI technology to cheaply generate images of fake IDs. … Proponents of online age verification laws say they’re needed to stop teenagers and children from using social media or seeing adult content. But even if you agree with this goal in theory, its implementation comes with some serious issues.” (02/07/24)