News media in race to combat crippling deception

On top of all the challenges in the Trump era of coping with hostility and shrinking revenues, the news media is facing ever escalating fakes of videos, photos and audio files. “The problem for newsrooms is threefold: how to identify sophisticated manipulations, how to educate audiences without ​inducing apathy and deepening mistrust​, and how to keep the growth of this technology from casting doubt on legitimate and truthful stories,” writes Heather Bryant for Nieman Lab, July 19, 2018. To combat the threats posed by forces using artificial intelligence, news rooms are striving to put the technology in place to sort out the fakes.