FACEBOOK will not remove a fake video of boss Mark Zuckerberg from Instagram that falsely portrays him boasting he can “control the future” thanks to stolen data.
The doctored clip was uploaded to Instagram – which is owned by Facebook – in a bid to test the company’s moderation tools.
It’s what’s known as a “deepfake” video, in which AI is used to manipulate real footage of someone – often celebrities – to make them look like they’re saying something they haven’t.
Previous efforts have shown a fake Barack Obama calling Donald Trump “a total and complete dips**t.”
A sinister deepfake of Zuckerberg was uploaded to Instagram four days ago in-part to test how quickly the company can weed out fake clips.
In it, the 35-year-old is shown boasting about his power over the data of billions.
A deepfake of Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg was posted to Instagram last week (stock image)[/caption]
“Imagine this for a second: One man with total control of billions of people’s stolen data, all their secrets, their lives, their futures,” Zuckerberg’s likeness says.
“I owe it all to Spectre. Spectre showed me that whoever controls the data, controls the future.”
The video was created by British artists Bill Posters and Daniel Howe, who paired up with Israeli AI firm CannyAI to make the clip.
It’s part of a UK art exhibition called Spectre, which aims to show “how our behaviours are predicted, and influenced, both online and in the voting booth”.
Deepfake videos of Kim Kardashian and Donald Trump are also part of the exhibition.
According to an Instagram spokesperson, Facebook will not be removing the Zuckerberg clip.
“We will treat this content the same way we treat all misinformation on Instagram.
“If third-party fact-checkers mark it as false, we will filter it from Instagram’s recommendation surfaces like Explore and hashtag pages.”
A fake clip of Kim Kardashian has also surfaced. They’re part of a new UK art exhibition (stock image)[/caption]
Deepfakes – what are they, and how does it work?
Here's what you need to know…
- Deepfakes use artificial intelligence and machine learning to produce face-swapped videos with barely any effort
- They can be used to create realistic videos that make celebrities appear as though they’re saying something they didn’t
- Deepfakes have also been used by sickos to make fake porn videos that feature the faces of celebrities or ex-lovers
- To create the videos, users first track down an XXX clip featuring a porn star that looks like an actress
- They then feed an app with hundreds – and sometimes thousands – of photos of the victim’s face
- A machine learning algorithm swaps out the faces frame-by-frame until it spits out a realistic, but fake, video
- To help other users create these videos, pervs upload “facesets”, which are huge computer folders filled with a celebrity’s face that can be easily fed through the “deepfakes” app
- Simon Miles, of intellectual property specialists Edwin Coe, told The Sun that the fake sex tapes could be considered an “unlawful intrusion” into the privacy of a celeb
- He also added that celebrities could request that the content be taken down, but warned: “The difficulty is that damage has already been done
Last month Facebook, refused to remove a deepfake video of US politician Nancy Pelosi even after it was viewed millions of times.
Footage of the House speaker was doctored to slow down her speech and make her appear drunk.
One of many versions on Facebook was viewed over 1.4million times, and shared 30,000 times, before it was taken down. Facebook denies removing it.
Branding the clip a “cheap fake,” the House Intelligence Committee chair reportedly said Congress will investigate deepfakes ahead of the 2020 election.
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