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Get Ready for More Humanlike Bots, Better Deep-Fake Videos, Wall-to-Wall Disinformation in 2020 Race


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An altered video claimed to show House Speaker Nancy Pelosi slurring her words.

Foreign and domestic actors are expected to ramp up efforts to disseminate disinformation and fake news in order to manipulate voters in the 2020 election.

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Studies by New York University (NYU) and University of Southern California (USC) researchers anticipate that foreign and domestic actors will ramp up efforts to disseminate disinformation and fake news in order to manipulate voters in the 2020 election.

NYU's Paul M. Barrett cited artificial intelligence-generated deepfake videos as a serious threat, spread deliberately by right-wing media and other organizations.

Meanwhile, a report by USC's Emilio Ferrara and colleagues found that "bots or fake accounts enabled by artificial intelligence on Twitter have evolved and are now better able to copy human behaviors in order to avoid detection."

Ferrara foresees an arms race developing between bots and detection algorithms, with bots coming up with more convincing human mimicry in response to social media's attempts to rein in abuse.

Said Ferrara, "With the upcoming 2020 U.S. elections, the integrity of social media discourse is of paramount importance to allow a democratic process free of external influences."

From The Baltimore Sun
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