Nov 4, 2022

Hany Farid on Edited or Synthetic Material on TikTok

From The New York Times

Worries Grow That TikTok Is New Home for Manipulated Video and Photos

By Tiffany Hsu

The alligators of TikTok are not what they seem...

Edited or synthesized material also appears on other online platforms, such as Facebook, which has nearly three billion monthly active users. But experts said it was especially difficult to catch on TikTok, which encourages its estimated 1.6 billion active users to put their own stamp on someone else’s content, and where reality, satire and outright deceit sometimes blend together in the fast-moving and occasionally livestreamed video feed...

“When we enter this kind of world, where things are being manipulated or can be manipulated, then we can simply dismiss inconvenient facts,” said Hany Farid, a computer science professor at the University of California, Berkeley, who sits on TikTok’s content advisory council.


Professor Hany Farid has a joint appointment in electrical engineering & computer sciences and the School of Information at UC Berkeley.

Photo of Hany Farid smiling
Hany Farid (photo by Brittany Hosea-Small for the School of Information)

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February 17, 2023