California cracks down on ‘deepfakes’ in politics and porn

California cracks down on ‘deepfakes’ in politics and porn

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California politicians are cracking down on deepfake technology.

Legislation signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom outlaws deceptively edited videos and audio. Deepfakes, which have been used for a long time by movie special effects studios can now be used to alter what celebrities, politicians, and everyday citizens say and do in videos. Deepfake technology is improving exponentially, and detection research is struggling to keep up.

The new election law outlaws deceptive video or audio made "with malice" and no disclaimer. It's raised concerns about free speech, with the ACLU saying, “it will only result in voter confusion, malicious litigation, and repression of free speech.” Critics are concerned that content as simple as funny memes could be affected, even though parody is specifically excluded.

Dig deeper: This story on LaCorte News looks at how researchers are working to keep up with technology used to create deepfake videos, although one researcher admits, “The reason deepfakes are such a threat is not that the tech is so good. It’s that people want to be fooled.” Still, some of them are darn convincing and are only going to get better.

Fighting between Turkey and the Kurds in Syria intensifies

Fighting between Turkey and the Kurds in Syria intensifies

Turkish forces have killed at least 23 SDF fighters, bringing the total to 81 Kurdish forces killed since Wednesday.

Trans woman interrupts town hall

 

Hunter Biden to step down from China board

Hunter Biden to step down from China board

He also pledged that he wouldn’t work for any foreign-owned companies or serve on their boards if his father's elected president.

MEDIAWATCH: Newsweek alleges conspiracy behind Greta Thunberg not winning Nobel Prize

The article barely mentions the actual winner, Abiy Ahmed, the Ethopian PM who helped halt a 20-year war between his country and Eritrea.

Graphic video of President Trump slaughtering media and opponents played at his resort

Organizers and speakers at the event say the video was submitted by a third party and they denounced its violent content.

Warren runs fake Facebook ad to prove a point

Warren runs fake Facebook ad to prove a point

Warren also accused the platform of helping the president get elected in the first place.

Instagram lets users report images that contain ‘OK’ hand sign

The social media platform will remove photos of “hate speech or symbols like swastikas or white power hand signs.”

Buttigieg blasts O’Rourke’s plan to punish religious institutions

He said people should be motivated by compassion, not threatened.

Fighting between Turkey and the Kurds in Syria intensifies

Fighting between Turkey and the Kurds in Syria intensifies

Turkish forces have killed at least 23 SDF fighters, bringing the total to 81 Kurdish forces killed since Wednesday.

Hunter Biden to step down from China board

Hunter Biden to step down from China board

He also pledged that he wouldn’t work for any foreign-owned companies or serve on their boards if his father's elected president.

MEDIAWATCH: Newsweek alleges conspiracy behind Greta Thunberg not winning Nobel Prize

The article barely mentions the actual winner, Abiy Ahmed, the Ethopian PM who helped halt a 20-year war between his country and Eritrea.

Graphic video of President Trump slaughtering media and opponents played at his resort

Organizers and speakers at the event say the video was submitted by a third party and they denounced its violent content.

Warren runs fake Facebook ad to prove a point

Warren runs fake Facebook ad to prove a point

Warren also accused the platform of helping the president get elected in the first place.

Instagram lets users report images that contain ‘OK’ hand sign

The social media platform will remove photos of “hate speech or symbols like swastikas or white power hand signs.”

Buttigieg blasts O’Rourke’s plan to punish religious institutions

He said people should be motivated by compassion, not threatened.

Trans woman interrupts town hall

 

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