SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff on Monday pressed major social media companies on how they plan to handle the threat of deepfake images and videos on their platforms ahead of the 2020 elections.
The Democratic congressman wrote letters to the chief executives of Facebook Inc , Twitter Inc and Google, which owns YouTube, asking about the companies’ formal policies on deepfakes and their research into technologies to detect the doctored content.
Deepfakes - Machine - Learning - Source - Material
Deepfakes use machine learning to manipulate source material and create hyperrealistic content where a person – such as a political candidate – appears to say or do something they did not.
Facebook spokesman Andy Stone confirmed the company had received the letter and said it would respond to Schiff accordingly.
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Twitter did not comment on the letter but pointed to a statement last month by Nick Pickles, its global senior strategist for public policy, that said Twitter’s rules “clearly prohibit coordinated account manipulation, malicious automation, and fake accounts.”
Alphabet Inc’s Google did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Media - Platforms - Disinformation - Elections - US
Major social media platforms have been used to spread disinformation ahead of previous elections. U.S. intelligence agencies say there was an extensive Russian cyber-influence operation during the 2016 presidential election aimed at helping Republican President Donald Trump get elected. Russia has repeatedly denied the allegations.
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