Skip to content
Subscriber Only
Opinion
Cass R. Sunstein

Act Now to Head Off Looming ‘Deepfakes’ Disasters

Facebook’s dilemma on the doctored Pelosi video shows need for new standards before it’s too late. Here’s a start.

The misinformation will get a lot more sophisticated than this.

The misinformation will get a lot more sophisticated than this.

Photographer: Alexandra Robinson/AFP/Getty Images

Parody and satire are a legitimate part of public debate. Doctored videos are all over the place. Some are funny. Some are meant to make a point.

Arguments of this kind are being made to support Facebook’s decision not to take down the doctored video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in which she was made to appear drunk or otherwise impaired.