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A bipartisan group of lawmakers is worried so-called “deepfake” videos will be the next frontier for bad actors who attempt to spread misinformation online ahead of political elections.
Artificial intelligence is making it easier for people to manipulate videos in a way that blurs the lines between fact and fiction, according to tech experts and a growing number of lawmakers from different parties. Some believe such technology might already be on the horizon.
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“It is almost too late to sound the alarm before this technology is released. It has been unleashed … and now we are playing a bit of defense,” Senate Intelligence Vice Chairman Mark Warner of Virginia told reporters Sunday.
Others are echoing the Democrat’s position.
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“I think it is probably going to be very hard to just use the human eye to distinguish something that is fake from something that is real,” Fabrice Pothier, senior advisor with the Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity, told reporters.
Republican Florida Sen. Marco Rubio also chimed in on the threat.
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The Islamic State (ISIS) and other terrorist groups are already using phony images to divide the U.S., Rubio told reporters.
“Now imagine the power of a video that appears to show stolen ballots, salacious comments from a political leader or innocent civilians killed in conflict abroad,” he added.
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Rubio, for his part, supports actions to enact stiffer regulations against tech companies that rely...
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