In a significant move, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has declared the use of artificial intelligence-generated voices in robocalls as illegal, providing states with additional ammunition to combat the perpetrators behind such fraudulent schemes. This decision, effective immediately, marks a pivotal moment in the fight against deceptive robocalls.

The catalyst for this ruling was the emergence of robocalls impersonating President Joe Biden during the New Hampshire primary, originating from a Texas-based company. Prompted by these incidents, the FCC has taken a firm stance against the misuse of AI-generated voices, recognizing the potential for exploitation by malicious actors seeking to extort vulnerable individuals, impersonate public figures, or disseminate misinformation.

With the new ruling, state attorneys general now possess enhanced legal tools to prosecute those responsible for orchestrating fraudulent robocall campaigns.