Facebook’s Zuckerberg is the latest target of doctored video

Fredrick Soto
June 13, 2019

"Spectre showed me that whoever controls the data, controls the future", the fake Zuckerberg appears to say in the video. The video and several others - depicting celebrities like Kim Kardashian and US President Donald Trump - are part of a commissioned art installation called Spectre that was on display at the Sheffield Doc/Fest in the United Kingdom from June 6-11.

"If third-party fact-checkers mark it as false, we will filter it from Instagram's recommendation surfaces". It owns photo sharing site Instagram.

Instead of taking the video down, Facebook merely added some disclaimers to the video linking watchers to authentic sources on the issue.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg leaves after his keynote speech during Facebook Inc's annual F8 developers conference in San Jose, California, US, April 30, 2019.

Per Posters' website, he and his fellow artist Daniel Howe teamed up with AI startups to create "deepfake" videos of celebrities ranging from Kim Kardashian to President Donald Trump saying ridiculous things. "One man, with total control of billions of people's stolen data, all their secrets, their lives, their futures".

It's the latest flap over deviously altered "deepfake" videos as Facebook and other social media services struggle to stop the spread of misinformation and "fake news" while also respecting free speech and fending off allegations of censorship.

That the creators are uploading these videos to Facebook subsidiary Instagram is notable because the company recently refused to take down altered clips of Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi created to make her seem drunk or suffering the symptoms of dementia.

A couple short video clips, a voice actor and an artificial intelligence algorithm. She said Facebook is serving an accomplice and enabler of false information and Russian elections interference. The clip of Zuckberg used to make the deepfake was taken from an online CBS News broadcast.

The video was posted four days ago and has almost 2,000 views at the time of this writing.

Zuckerberg never uttered those words.

The doctored Pelosi video is just one instance in which manipulated videos had been used for malicious purposes. This technology is called deepfakes.

The final product is visually realistic, but as many, including Ben-Ami have pointed out, the voice speaking is clearly not Zuckerberg. The technique essentially manipulates a person's appearance and sound, frame by frame to make it appear like a person did or said something when they didn't. It seems logical enough that the video would be taken down, wouldn't it?

Within the company, the unearthing of the emails in the process of responding to a continuing federal privacy investigation has raised concerns that they would be harmful to Facebook, at least from a public-relations standpoint, if they were to become public, the WSJ reported.

"People need to know it's possible to do it", he said.

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