Reddit bans impersonation content, including deepfakes

Reddit updated its policies on Thursday to ban impersonation on its platform. The ban encompasses everything from deepfakes to individuals making false claims about their identities. 

In a post about the ban, a Reddit admin explains that even though instances of impersonation are rare, they pose a threat if people impersonate a journalist or a politician, or fake domains representing as something else. The post attributes the changes to ensuring “appropriate rules and processes” ahead of the 2020 election. 

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Facebook global policy chief says addressing manipulated videos is a top priority

Deepfakes and other manipulated videos put the integrity of democratic elections at risk, a group of experts told the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Wednesday. What to do about it is a thorny question.

A hearing, titled “Americans at Risk: Manipulation and Deception in the Digital Age” and held by the subcommittee on Consumer Protection, focused on the wide range of online fraud and manipulation on the internet. Monika Bickert, the vice president of Facebook global policy management, was joined by three other experts on the topic.

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Now fake Facebook accounts are using fake faces

Artificially-generated faces of people who don’t exist are being used to front fake Facebook (FB) accounts in an attempt to trick users and game the company’s systems, the social media network said Friday. Experts who reviewed the accounts say it is the first time they have seen fake images like this being used at scale as part of a single social media campaign.

The accounts, which were removed by Facebook on Friday, were part of a network that generally posted in support of President Trump and against the Chinese government, experts who reviewed the accounts said. Many of the accounts promoted links to a Facebook page and website called “The BL.” Facebook said the accounts were tied to the US-based Epoch Media Group, which owns The Epoch Times newspaper, a paper tied to the Falun Gong movement that is similarly pro-Trump.
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China makes it a criminal offense to publish deepfakes or fake news without disclosure

China has released a new government policy designed to prevent the spread of fake news and misleading videos created using artificial intelligence, otherwise known as deepfakes.

The new rule, reported earlier today by Reuters, bans the publishing of false information or deepfakes online without proper disclosure that the post in question was created with AI or VR technology.

Failure to disclose this is now a criminal offence, the Chinese government says.

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Amazon becomes the latest company to join the fight against deepfakes

The year 2019 has seen a rise in the usage of deepfakes and it’s a scary thing. In case you don’t know, deepfake is a technique for human image synthesis based on artificial intelligence.

It has been around for quite a while now but this year saw a rapid rise in deepfakes forcing tech giants to take steps to curb the usage and make sure they aren’t used to promote fake news.

Last month, Microsoft and Facebook partnered up to fight deepfakes and now Amazon has decided to join as well. In a blog post published today, Amazon called for action to fight against deepfakes with a generous contribution of $1 million in AWS credits to the Deepfake Detection challenge (DFDC).

Amazon is also working with DFDC partners to host complicated datasets for deepfake detection on the cloud service using its Amazon S3 scalable infrastructure. Amazon will be providing researchers and academics up to $10,000 and they can use the Amazon Machine Learning solutions lab to get started.

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Israeli Tech Firm Uses Deepfake to Dub Your Videos into Any Language

Israeli tech firm Canny AI may have perfected the use of deepfakes to dub your videos into any language.

Their service makes good use of deepfakes, as opposed to the most common applications of the technology.

This has garnered the company widespread acclaim from their clients.

Understanding deepfakes…

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Deepfake Porn Is Still a Threat, Particularly for K-Pop Stars

When we talk about deepfakes, the term used to describe a type of digitally manipulated videos, most of the discussion is focused on the implications of deepfake technology for spreading fake news and potentially even destabilizing elections,  particularly the upcoming U.S. 2020 election.

A new study from Deeptrace Labs, however, a cybersecurity company that detects and monitors deepfakes, suggests that the biggest threat posed by deepfakes has little to do with politics at all and that women all over the world may be at risk.

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Deepfake videos ‘double in nine months’

New research shows an alarming surge in the creation of so-called deepfake videos, with the number online almost doubling in the last nine months. There is also evidence that the production of these videos is becoming a lucrative business.

And while much of the concern about deepfakes has centred on their use for political purposes, the evidence is that pornography accounts for the overwhelming majority of the clips.

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The Next Wave of Digital Paranoia: Full-Body Deepfakes Are Now Here

So, we’ve already warned you of the dangers of deepfakes.

Security experts have provided a cautionary tale that deepfakes will play a sinister role in the 2020 election. And we’ve already seen the mayhem that erupted when a Nancy Pelosi video was slowed down to make it appear like she was drunk.

Though not a deepfake, the footage showcased how fast an altered video can go viral and make people question the validity of what they are seeing.

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