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The DEFIANCE Act will address and prevent nonconsensual deepfake pornography.

Across the country, people are being victimized by nonconsensual deepfake pornography. Over 98% of deepfakes on the internet are explicit. This digital form of sexual violence violates victims’ consent, autonomy, and privacy. Currently, there are no federal laws addressing deepfake pornography. Victims are unable to get justice. This problem is increasing due to the lack of consequences. We worked with victims and Congress to draft the DEFIANCE Act. This legislation will provide a civil right of action for victims to seek justice, thus addressing and preventing nonconsensual deepfake pornography.


Introduced in the House


Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14) introduced the bipartisan and bicameral Disrupt Explicit Forged Images and Non-Consensual Edits Act of 2024 (DEFIANCE Act). It was cosponsored by Representatives Garcia (CA-27), Mace (SC-1), Chavez De-Remer (OR-5), Miller (OH-7) Jennifer Wexton (VA-10), Lieu (CA-36), Raskin (MD-8), and Ross (NC-2).

Introduced in the Senate


U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee; U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee; and U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Josh Hawley (R-MO) introduced the bipartisan Disrupt Explicit Forged Images and Non-Consensual Edits Act of 2024 (DEFIANCE Act).

60 organizations dedicated to sexual violence, women’s rights, and victim advocacy signed including National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence, Feminist Majority Foundation, National Center on Sexual Exploitation, UltaViolet, National Women’s Political Caucus, and multiple chapters of the National Organization for Women (NOW).


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House of Representatives
Rep. Ocasio-Cortez Leads Bipartisan, Bicameral Introduction of DEFIANCE Act to Combat Use of Non-Consensual, Sexually-Explicit “Deepfake” Media
Press Release


March 2024


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