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Facebook’s Deepfakes Policy ‘Inadequate’ to Some Lawmakers

  • Experts say rules permit fakes used against Pelosi, Biden
  • Social media giant tightened rules ahead of the election
A comparison of an original and deepfake video of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

Photographer: Elyse Samuels/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Facebook Inc.’s new policy to address “deepfake” videos came under fire from some lawmakers and disinformation experts who say it fails to address other kinds of online manipulation.

The criticism, in interviews, on Twitter, and in a hearing on Capitol Hill Wednesday, followed the unveiling of the social media giant’s policy to remove video forgeries produced with the aide of artificial intelligence that show people doing and saying things they never did. Deepfakes have raised the possibility of extensive political manipulation -- a pressing concern going into the 2020 presidential election.