By Alexandra S. Levine
The Eiffel Tower destroyed by missiles. Parisian neighborhoods reduced to rubble. France’s capital consumed in smoke. Sirens and screams amplified by the booms of bombs.
They’re moments from a viral fake video of Paris under siege. The graphic footage, which looks real, is being disseminated on social media by the Ukrainian government and local news outlets to send the message that what’s happening in their home country could come to pass in other democracies, and to urge the closing of airspace over Ukraine...
“This type of potentially unintentional misinformation adds to the existing complexities of obtaining trusted information in the fog of war,” says Hany Farid, a professor at UC Berkeley’s School of Information, who has testified before Congress on online disinformation. “At a time when trusted information is essential, releasing this video may not have been wise.”
Hany Farid is a professor of information and electrical engineering & computer sciences at UC Berkeley.