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Technology Facebook's new policy bans deepfakes from the platform

08:45  07 january  2020
08:45  07 january  2020 Source:   engadget.com

China makes it a criminal offense to publish deepfakes or fake news without disclosure

  China makes it a criminal offense to publish deepfakes or fake news without disclosure Mirroring new California law on political adsThe rules go into effect on January 1st, 2020, and will be enforced by the Cyberspace Administration of China. “With the adoption of new technologies, such as deepfake, in online video and audio industries, there have been risks in using such content to disrupt social order and violate people’s interests, creating political risks and bringing a negative impact to national security and social stability,” the CAC said in a notice to online video hosting websites on Friday, according to the South China Morning Post.

WASHINGTON — Facebook said on Monday that it would ban videos that are heavily manipulated by artificial intelligence, known as deepfakes , from its platform . The company’ s new policy was first reported by The Washington Post. Facebook was heavily criticized last year for refusing to take down

But the new policy wouldn’t seem to cover the misleading viral Pelosi video. The policy change was announced through a blog post late Monday night, confirming an earlier report from The Washington And Monday’ s ban against deepfakes doesn’t appear to cover videos like the viral Pelosi clip, either.

Facebook has introduced a new set of rules that bans deepfakes on the platform. The policy specifically targets videos edited using artificial intelligence or machine learning to make them look authentic and to the point that average users can't easily determine that they're not real. According to an earlier report by The Washington Post, Facebook is rolling out the rules ahead of the 2020 presidential elections to help prevent the spread of disinformation on the platform. As the publication notes, though, they won't actually get rid of all fake videos on the social network, such as the infamous 'drunk Nancy Pelosi' video.

Facebook bans "deepfake" videos, with exceptions

  Facebook bans The social media giant said it would ban "deepfake" videos made using artificial intelligence, as long as they're not satire and might mislead "an average person."The policy marks the social media giant's first foray into regulating deepfakes, but it comes with caveats. Facebook Vice President Monika Bickert wrote in a blog post Tuesday that the ban won't apply to "parody or satire, or video that has been edited solely to omit or change the order of words.

Facebook has banned " deepfakes ", or fake videos manipulated by artificial intelligence (AI) as it prepares for the onslaught of deception and But late on Monday night Monika Bickert, Facebook ' s vice president of global policy management, said Facebook and its sister service Instagram would

Facebook plans to issue new rules as soon as Tuesday that would ban users from posting computer-generated, highly manipulated videos, known as deepfakes , seeking to stop the spread of a novel form of misinformation months before the 2020 presidential election.

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See, the new rules don't cover videos manipulated for parody or satire or those edited "solely to omit or change the order of words." The Post says it also won't lead to the removal of edited videos using "lesser forms of manipulation" -- the altered Nancy Pelosi video, for instance, was tweaked using a simple video-editing software. That said, Facebook says it could still fact check these "shallowfakes" (as disinformation researchers call them) and limit their spread in the News Feed or remove them completely if they're being run as ads.

The social network explains that the approach it's taking is critical to its strategy. "If we simply removed all manipulated videos flagged by fact-checkers as false, the videos would still be available elsewhere on the internet or social media ecosystem. By leaving them up and labelling them as false, we're providing people with important information and context," its announcement reads.

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Pelosi: Facebook cares about money, not the truth .
The House Speaker appeared to criticized Facebook's policy on political ads."They don't care about the impact on children, they don't care about truth, they don't care about where this is all coming from, and they have said, even if they know it's not true, they will print it," said Pelosi, appearing to reference the company's controversial political-ads policy. "I think they have been very abusive of the great opportunity that technology has given them.

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