By Aria Thaker for Quartz India:
A new and rapidly evolving video technology could intensify the problem of fake news in India.
Those who have peddled video disinformation in the country till now have generally used old footage as recent events. For instance, a 2017 air show clip was circulated as evidence of India’s airstrike on Pakistan last month. Also, parts of speeches have been mischievously edited to make certain politicians’ views unpalatable. Essentially, though, it has all been a low-tech affair.
Deepfakes are different. They are synthetic audio and video content created by artificial intelligence-enabled algorithms.
Deepfakes are videos that have been constructed to make a person appear to say or do something that they never said or did. With artificial intelligence-based methods for creating deepfakes becoming increasingly sophisticated and accessible, deepfakes are raising a set of challenging policy, technology, and legal issues.