UPDATED 7:00 AM PT — Friday, June 14, 2019
Congressional Democrats are sounding the alarm over the possible use of artificial intelligence and ‘deepfakes’ to influence U.S. politics.
During a House hearing on so called ‘deepfakes’ Thursday, Congressman Adam Schiff urged social media companies to protect users from false information ahead of the 2020 elections. He said doctored videos should be prevented from going viral online.
“What enables ‘deepfakes’ and other modes of disinformation to become truly pernicious is the ubiquity of social media and the velocity at which false information can spread,” said Schiff.
In response, cybersecurity experts urged tighter government oversight of social media.
“Right now, I would be very worried about someone making a video on electoral systems being out or broken down on election day 2020. We should already be building a battle drill, a response plan about how we would handle that in the government, in the state governments, and the DHS as well as with the social media companies.” — Clint Watts, Senior Fellow – Center for Cyber and Homeland Security, George Washington University
Experts say the advances in ‘deepfake’ technology could deal a fatal blow to the credibility of national governments.