Poll Shows 70% of Respondents Support Regulating AI Child Porn on Japan-run Websites

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A member of a nonprofit organization working on a request to remove sexual images of children on Nov. 17.

Seventy percent of respondents in a survey agreed that sexual images of children that were likely generated with AI should be regulated. Seven percent of respondents opposed regulating the AI images, while 20% said they were unsure.

The opinion survey was conducted by ChildFund Japan, a Tokyo-based international nongovernmental organization working against the spread of child pornography, among other issues.

AI-generated sexual images are not subject to regulation in principle under existing laws against child prostitution and child pornography.

The survey was conducted in July and August through a specialized research company visiting the homes of 1,200 people aged 15-79.

When asked about sexual images of children created by generative AI that are indistinguishable from real-world images of child pornography, 45% of respondents said that they strongly agree that such imagery should be regulated and 27% answered that they mostly agree it should be regulated.

When asked for their reasons, with multiple answers possible, 62% said that having no regulation would encourage the distribution of child pornography where real children are victimized. 56% said it would inspire pedophiles.