What was Bill Gates crossing the road?
We don't know, but we can assure you that the founder of Microsoft () had no breast implants.
'In Other Fact Check News,' says the editor.
A digitally altered video has been posted on social media that depicts the billionaire with an expanded chest as he crosses a street in New York.
The video clip, which was reissued after being published last year, sparked concerns about Gates' "transitioning" or receiving breast implants.
By comparing the footage to undited footage from Gossip Bae on YouTube, the video has been declared altered.
When the announcement was made on Twitter, it received some serious sarcasm.
"Holy sh*t, did u guys know that game of thrones was not real too?" said one participant, including a CGI-free clip from the popular HBO series.
"In other fact check news, the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park were not real and were in fact a combination of CGI and animatronic creations," said one individual.
'An Inflection Point,' says the narrator.
Other commenters have referred to Tesla's name, CEO Elon Musk, who is buying Twitter () for the company private.
"Enjoy your last days of relevance on this app," says the author. "For you will be a relic of social media once Elon buys out Twitter."
"I believe that when we own Twitter, we need to see less of these ridiculous 'fact checks' of nonsensical stuff," another person said. "It's a shame that the sky is blue, and the image of it being red has been digitally altered."
The topic of deepfakes is jeopardized, although the video does suggest that artificial intelligence (AI) will help to create synthetic media image, audio, and video in another's similarness.
"While we have been hearing about deepfakes for a few years, we are now in an inflection position where the technology is at anyone's disposal, and it is only a matter of time before every individual of us is a victim of deepfake technology," said a professor of technology and digital business at the University of Pennsylvania.
A fake video of Ukrainian President Vladimir Volodymyr Zelenskyy appearing to tell his soldiers to lay down their arms and surrender the battle against Russia was circulated on social media last month.
Disinformation in the midst of crisis
A deepfake video of Russian President Vladimir Putin appeared online a short time later, showing the former KGB-agent announcing Russia's surrender and telling soldiers to "go home while you're alive."
Robert Pattinson was a recent target of a deepfake TikTok account. Pattison has said that he doesn't have any social media accounts.
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"Deepfakes can enliven illusions of an individual's presence and activities that did not occur in reality," said a professor of computer science and engineering and the director of the UB Media Forensic Lab at the University of Buffalo.
Deepfakes can dramatically increase the scale and security of internet disinformation, which is the reason why they can be dangerous.
Lyu cited a report last year that the number of online deep fake videos doubled in six months.
"It's an underestimate, and there's going to be many more in the coming years," he said.
Hosanagar said the technology can be of many benefitted benefits, such as in "Forrest Gump," in which Tom Hanks meets JFK.
"Despite these positive use cases, the technology will more likely be in the news because to its capability to stoke civil and political turmoil, savage reputations of individuals, and financing fraud," he added. "Every one of these potential scenarios has already concluded, and we are just at the start."
The problem must be resolved by technology.
Hosanagar "technology has to deal with the problem it has created," says the author.
"First, we need authentication systems that can verify the origin of images and videos," he said.
Microsoft has developed a prototype of a system called AMP: Authentication of Media via Provenance, which allows media content providers to create and assign a certificate of authenticity to their content, according to the dna.
"What this means for end users is that assurance regarding the authenticity of content they are viewing might be as simple as an icon (similar to the browser padlock icon), indicating that the media being consumed has not been compromised," he said.
"While the creation of such authentication and provenance systems is a good first step, for these systems to be effective in practice, they must be adopted by content creators in large part, which will take time."
According to Hosanagar, the legal system might provide additional deterrents to alleviate potential mishaps caused by deepfakes.
'All Hands on Deck!'
He said a number of state and federal laws are being proposed and adopted, citing Virginia, which recently incriminated the non-consensual sharing of deepfake pornography by enforcing a revenge porn law.
Another possibility is to demand that users of online media platforms do more in terms of authenticity being authenticated on their platforms, according to the author.
"Overall, we need the adoption of these kinds of laws, together with the adoption of authentication and provenance technologies among consumers and businesses," Hosanagar said.
Lyu approved the suggestion, saying, "fighting deepfakes is a community effort."
Several of these programs include research of more effective detection algorithms, more strict screening and more effective tagging of fraudulent media by social platforms.
The effort also imposes legislation against the most deadly types of deepfakes, prompt reaction and fact-checking by the public media, and due diligence online users.
"All hands on deck!" says he.