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X Lifts Ban on Taylor Swift Searches After Spread of Fake Explicit Images 

 The ban came after the White House said social media companies have a responsibility to prevent the spread of such misinformation.

 

X, formerly known as twitter, has lifted the ban on searches for Taylor Swift on Monday evening, after blocking users from searching for her following the spread of fake sexually-explicit images of the pop singer on the social media site last week.

The head of business operations at X, Joe Benarroch in a statement, said the search has been reactivated and the social media platform “will continue to be vigilant for any attempt to spread this content and will remove it if we find it,” 

Searches for Taylor Swift’s name on Sunday on the social media platform produced an error message, “Something went wrong. Try reloading.” 

X said the measure was a temporary action done with “abundance of caution.”

One image of Swift, who was named Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year” in 2023, shared on X was viewed 47 million times before the account was suspended, according to a New York Times report.

The ban on searches came after White House weighed in on Friday, calling the fake images “alarming” and highlighting that social media companies have a responsibility to prevent the spread of such misinformation.

Chioma Kalu

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