Google, Meta, OpenAI supporting C2PA


Major players in artificial intelligence (AI), including Google, Meta, and OpenAI, are throwing their support behind an initiative spearheaded by Adobe and Microsoft aimed at standardizing content metadata tagging. The goal is to facilitate the identification of AI-generated content online more easily. This initiative, known as the Coalition for Content Provenance and Authenticity (C2PA), has gained significant momentum with recent announcements from these tech giants.

C2PA is chiefly responsible for defining the ‘Content Credentials’ standards, a framework for embedding images, videos, and audio with provenance metadata. This metadata includes details such as the creator, creation method, technology used, and whether the content has undergone any edits. The data is cryptographically signed to ensure its integrity, making it resistant to tampering.

Google, in a move emphasizing its commitment to transparency and responsible AI practices, revealed its participation in C2PA’s steering committee. Laurie Richardson, Google’s VP of Trust and Safety, highlighted the integration of Content Credentials into the company’s efforts to identify synthetic content on platforms like YouTube and ensure appropriate metadata accompanies generative AI products.

Following Google’s announcement, OpenAI, the organization behind ChatGPT, announced its adoption of C2PA’s standard for its DALL-E 3 image generator. While acknowledging that C2PA’s metadata approach isn’t foolproof due to potential removal, OpenAI emphasized the negligible impact on latency and the continued need for vigilance in addressing provenance issues.

Meta, formerly Facebook, also pledged to incorporate C2PA-developed techniques into its platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, and Threads. This integration aims to empower users to discern AI-generated content in their feeds, a crucial step in combating the spread of misinformation and scams across social media platforms.