China mandates that AI must follow “core values of socialism”

China has released new guidelines on generative AI services, limiting their public use while encouraging industrial development.

Reuters reported the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) softened its stance compared to draft rules in April. These new interim regulations will take effect on August 15th. The guidelines only affect organizations offering generative AI services to the public. Other entities developing the same technology but not for mass-market use do not fall under the measures.

The rules (translated via Google Translate) retain some wording from the April proposal. They continue to mandate generative AI services must “adhere to core values of socialism” and not attempt to overthrow state power or the socialist system. CNN reported the new rules removed potential fines of up to 100,000 yuan ($13,999) for violations.