Deepfakes pose challenge in election season

Facebook stepped up to ban deepfakes to limit the spread of false news in advance of the 2020 presidential election, but the policy has been criticized for lacking the muscle to eliminate such videos as last May’s edited clip of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that made her appear drunk. (The Washington Post, January 7, 2020, by Tony Romm, Drew Harwell and Isaac Stanley-Becker)

The responsibility for mitigating the damage from such video posts falls partly to journalists and those with large Twitter followings who should investigate such videos as one on presidential candidate Joe Biden. Before knowing the context of the video, many retweeted before finding that the video was misleading in making Biden seem racist. (The Washington Post, January 2, 2020, by Greg Sargent)

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