The threat of deepfakes

Deepfakes or manipulated videos created through machine learning technology have become a growing concern in today's society. The videos can be used to spread false information and create chaos and they also discredit the authenticity of real footage.

Here we share the issue of deepfakes with you – including false claims and real consequences, and discuss what everyone can do to prevent their spread. Read on.

The Issue of Deepfakes

With technology, it has become easier to manipulate videos and create false scenarios, and deepfakes have been used to spread false information, which can have serious consequences.

Additionally, some people are taking things too far trying to claim actual videos are deepfakes, but this has not gone unnoticed by the courts, which have taken a stand against such claims. And the consequences of deepfakes can be severe.

The Real Consequences of Deepfakes

In some cases, people have tried to use deepfake defense to fight against charges related to their actions in a video. However, the courts have not been amused by this tactic.

For instance, a person was charged with assault after they were caught on camera physically attacking someone.

During the trial, they tried to claim that the video was a deepfake. But, the court did not accept this argument and the defendant was found guilty. Such a challenge for the ones judging the case, don't you think?

The Challenge for Courts

As AI develops, deepfakes could become a common challenge for courts. While some defendants are already trying to claim that footage of them committing crimes is fake, courts have a history of rejecting fake or tampered evidence.

With the rise of deepfake technology, juries may begin to expect even more evidence to prove that footages are real, which could make proceedings more expensive. In the end, no doubt the courts will need to adapt to the deepfake defense. Meanwhile, society will have to learn more and more about how to prevent false news and information to spread.

Preventing the Spread of Deepfakes

It is crucial that we continue to develop technologies and policies to combat the spread of manipulated videos and protect the integrity of our information and there are several other steps we can take to prevent the spread of deepfakes.

Social media platforms, such as Facebook and Flipboard, have implemented policies to remove them from their platforms but this may not be enough as some still manage to slip through the cracks. Deepfakes are a real threat to society, and, as AI develops, it will be crucial for all of us to adapt our systems and policies, and protect our ability to trust documented evidence.