Lawmakers’ letter: Intel Community’s Plan for Dealing with Fake Videos

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The news of some members of Congress who were deeply concerned about deep fakes, videos bussing in the govt. news in recent times involves usage of machine-learning techniques to fabricate highly realistic clips and images which do not exist in the first place. This let a bipartisan group of lawmakers wrote a letter on Thursday to Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats requesting an appeal about deep-fake technology and steps the intelligence community plans to take on the matter.

The letter reads that the term “deep-fakes” which is the penname to a programmer who wants to create such videos which has been repeatedly raising an alarm about disinformation campaigns in the countries elections and other efforts to exacerbate political and social divisions in society to weaken the nation. It concludes by stating that they are deeply concerned about the deep fake technology that can later be set up by malicious foreign actors as well.

It is clear that the letter requests a report from Coats to Congress by Dec. 14 on ways to stop the spread of deep fakes which includes specifications on how and what the intelligence community can overcome the issue as well what actions Congress will take according to the consequences it has incurred.

With various other efforts to stop the general spread of misinformation made available, Facebook has announced on Thursday that it will delete fake accounts which will spread misinformation and will create transparency controls ahead of the midterm elections. Now, The FBI has also begun a program to help fight foreign influence on campaigns in the country that may influence the election strategies.

• A bipartisan group of lawmakers wrote a letter on Thursday to Director of National Intelligence about the “fake videos”.
• It involves usage of machine-learning techniques to fabricate highly realistic clips and images that do not exist.
• the letter requests a report on how and what the intelligence community can overcome the issue