Facebook Says It Will Ban ‘Deepfakes’
To prevent the spread of false information on its website, the large social media network Facebook plans to ban videos extensively altered by artificial intelligence technology. The company’s vice president of global policy management, Monica Bickert (at left in photo), announced that such videos, called deepfakes, would be banned when they are either in user’s posts or in advertisements. Subbarao Kambhampati, a Fulton Schools professor of computer science and leading artificial intelligence researcher, says automated systems for detecting deepfakes will likely have limited effectiveness and provide incentives for users to attempt to fool Facebook’s detection systems. Kambhampati is also quoted in the related articles: Fake Trump video? How to spot deepfakes on Facebook and YouTube ahead of the presidential election, USA Today, January 8, and in Is seeing still believing? The deepfake challenge to truth in politics, Brookings Institution/Center for Technology Innovation, January 8.