For the first time, A.I. generated personas have been detected in an online campaign opening the door to new online manipulation. With stilted voices and pixelated faces the two broadcasters purportedly anchor for a news outlet circulated around Facebook and Twitter late last year by bot accounts.
Why it matters: Few laws are in place to manage the spread of the technology, experts have long warned of deepfake videos furthering the ability for people to discern real from fake and ensuring unrest, heightened phishing scams, etc. These concerns are now becoming reality.
- Jack Stubbs, VP of intelligence at Graphika, a research firm that studies disinformations states “This is the first time we’ve seen this in the wild”.
- Deepfake Technology is no longer for digital puppets or the distortion of public figures the software is now advanced enough that the line between fact and fiction is blurring to an extraordinary degree.