Date
9 January 2020
Facebook says it will step up efforts to eliminate so-called deepfake videos from its platform. Photo: Reuters
Facebook says it will step up efforts to eliminate so-called deepfake videos from its platform. Photo: Reuters

Facebook to remove deepfake videos in run-up to US election

Facebook has vowed to remove deepfakes and other manipulated videos from its platform if they have been edited, but not content that is parody or satire, in a move aimed at curbing misinformation ahead of the 2020 US presidential election, Reuters reports.

The social media giant will also remove misleading media if it is a result of technologies like AI that “merges, replaces or superimposes content on to a video, making it appear to be authentic”, the report said, citing a company blog-post on Monday.

“This policy does not extend to content that is parody or satire, or video that has been edited solely to omit or change the order of words,” Facebook was quoted as saying in the post.

The move comes after Facebook has drawn criticism over its content policies from politicians from across the spectrum.

Democrats have blasted the company for refusing to fact-check political advertisements, while Republicans have accused it of discriminating against conservative views, a charge that it has denied.

Last year, Facebook refused to remove a heavily edited video that attempted to make US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi seem incoherent by slurring her speech and making it appear like she was repeatedly stumbling over her words.

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