Jul 22, 2019

Hany Farid on the Rise of Deepfakes and the Future of News

From WNYC Studios

Are Deepfakes the Next Fake News?

The Takeaway

In late May, a video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made the rounds on social media. But it wasn’t exactly what it appeared to be...

The video isn’t exactly what you would call a ‘deepfake,’ or video and audio digitally manipulated by artificial intelligence. It’s more of a ‘cheapfake,' a lower-quality version made using simple editing techniques. Yet its reach was widespread--and that raises important questions about disinformation in the wild, especially going into 2020 election. 

Hany Farid, a professor of computer science [and Information] at the University of California - Berkeley, joined The Takeaway to discuss the rise of deepfakes, what policymakers are doing to curb the spread of them, the responsibility of platforms like Facebook, and what individuals can do to spot them. 


Hany Farid is a professor at the UC Berkeley School of Information and EECS. He specializes in digital forensics. 

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July 23, 2019