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Rubio: 'Deep Fakes' Are Threat to Elections

Rubio: 'Deep Fakes' Are Threat to Elections
Sen. Marco Rubio (AP)

By    |   Monday, 23 July 2018 07:48 AM

Amid mounting concerns about Russian interference in U.S. elections, Sen. Marco Rubio is warning about the potential harmful effects of "deep fakes" on society.

"Deep fakes" refers to the manipulation of sound, images, or video in order to impersonate an individual or make it appear he or she did something untoward. However, it is done in a way that is so realistic, unaided observers may not be able to detect the invalidity.

In remarks at the Heritage Foundation on Thursday, Rubio, R-Fla., warned against what he called the "weaponization of information" in our society. Conceding we have always had propaganda, Rubio followed by warning "we have never seen such capability so available" in terms of both creation and dispensation.

This type of technology, he cautioned, could be used by opposition of all kinds: political, business, and private.

The senator specifically cited the 2012 video of Mitt Romney talking about the "47 percent" not paying income tax, and how he cannot win them over with tax reform. Rubio asked the audience what if these kinds of videos came to the surface for other individuals, but turned out to be fake. He said these videos could devastate campaigns, especially when released right before an election with no time for verification.

Deep fakes are "not only a threat to our elections, but a threat to our republic," Rubio said. "All that is missing is the execution."

Rubio believes Americans face a threat within the media because the "nature of political coverage today is driven by conflict." He said this is especially true since we are a society "at each other's throats."Turning outside the political sphere, Rubio raised concern for leaders for companies and private individuals. He cited possible examples such as CEOs being shown saying something they didn’t, and thus causing market shares to go down.

Danielle Citron, a University of Maryland law professor, and University of Texas law professor Bobby Chesney recently released a paper on the topic of "deep fakes" and their implications. They insist the media industry and society have not entirely figured out how to solve the problem.

These videos can also be used on a personal level to aid in cyber stalking or harassment by creating fake sex videos, Citron said.

Citron and Chesney said growing distrust for video and media could result in individuals not believing real videos or scandals when they occur.

Kimberly Burton, an incoming junior at Temple University in Philadelphia, is a summer intern in the Newsmax Washington, D.C., bureau.

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Amid mounting concerns about Russian interference in U.S. elections, Sen. Marco Rubio is warning about the potential harmful effects of "deep fakes" on society. "Deep fakes" refers to the manipulation of sound, images, or video in order to impersonate an individual or make...
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