Deepfake Videos Are Here, and We're Not Ready

From PC Mag: Should Facebook, YouTube, or other online platforms be held responsible for the altered videos known as deepfakes that appear on their platforms?

It's one idea the House Intelligence Committee considered during a Thursday hearing on the technology, which highlighted the complex dance lawmakers, the media, and internet companies will have to do when responding to deepfakes with nefarious intent.

It's time to "amend" a section of the Communciations Decency Act so that platforms don't have a "free pass" when harmful content is posted on their sites, Danielle Citron, a professor of law at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, told the committee.

The law protecting these services dates back to 1996 and was intended as an anti-porn provision, Citron said. Most of the law has been struck down, but a section that governs blocking and filtering of offensive content has "been interpreted really broadly" to allow for questionable content to be posted without any repercussions for the site that hosts it.

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