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Facebook Tightens Policy Against Deepfakes Ahead of Election

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Facebook Inc. has shed more light on its efforts to eradicate doctored videos known as deepfakes, addressing an issue it has identified as an emergent threat ahead of the U.S. election.

The operator of the world’s largest social network pledged to remove content that has been “edited or synthesized” beyond adjustments for quality or clarity and is deemed likely to mislead viewers. The new rules won’t apply to parody or satire, however. And videos that don’t immediately meet Facebook’s internal criteria for removal may still get fact-checked by more than 50 organizations the company has partnered with worldwide. Facebook will collaborate with Reuters to help newsrooms spot deepfakes through free online courses.