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Social media should be accountable for ‘deepfake content,’ intelligence experts say

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Congress should amend portions of U.S. law that allow social media companies to enjoy immunity for content posted on their platforms in light of the significant dangers posed by artificial intelligence-enabled fake videos, a panel of experts told the House Intelligence Committee at a hearing Thursday.

Social media companies should be asked to exercise reasonable moderation of content, and U.S. government agencies should educate citizens on how to tell if a video is fake and invest in technologies that will aid in such determinations, the experts said.

The hearing, led by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam B. Schiff, comes as lawmakers and technologists fear that Russia, China and other foreign powers are likely to scale up their attack on U.S. elections in 2020 with “deepfake” videos that will leave American voters unable to distinguish between real videos and those that are manipulated intentionally.

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