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Domestic Attacks on Truth

This debunking of fake news was just posted the other day.


May 24, 2019, 1:56 PM EDT

By Jason Abbruzzese



"The 2020 election is set to face some very 2016 challenges when it comes to the spread of misinformation. The emergence of distorted videos of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, edited to make her appear to have trouble speaking, has provided a stark reminder that technology often remains an enemy of truth in politics, just as it was four years ago. The videos also offer a warning that concerns about election interference from foreign countries should not overshadow the ability of domestic actors to influence what people see, hear and think. Pelosi is somehow impaired.

Alex Stamos, Facebook’s former chief security officer, said that the Pelosi video illustrated two of the biggest risks ahead of the 2020 election: lightly edited “shallow fakes” that use real and often lightly edited footage to manipulate the discourse, and the power of domestic misinformation efforts."

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