Jan 7, 2020

Facebook to ban 'deepfakes'

Facebook has announced it will remove videos modified by artificial intelligence, known as deepfakes, from its platform. AI software creates deepfakes of people - often politicians or celebrities - by merging, replacing, or superimposing content on to a video in a way that makes it look real. Facebook said it would remove videos if it realised they had been edited in ways that weren't obvious to an average person, or if they misled a viewer into thinking that a person in a video said words they did not actually say. Facebook has been criticised for refusing to remove an altered video of US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi that went viral last summer. Facebook told Reuters it would not be taking the video down under the new policy.

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