n amazing move for democracy and the pursuit of truth a typical move where Facebook is trying to pretend it’s not purposefully being an authoritarian threat, Facebook has decided to ban deepfake videos. If you’re unfamiliar, these can make a person in a video say and do something they didn’t using AI and other technology I don’t understand. Most importantly, they look real to us.
You may remember one of Nancy Pelosi visibly drunk going around last year (I’m not going to link to that trash). Well, under Facebook’s new policy, that video is still cool, because it doesn’t make her “say new words.” OK.
“This policy does not extend to content that is parody or satire, or video that has been edited solely to omit or change the order of words,” Facebook said.
The social media giant told Reuters that as part of its new policy it will not remove a heavily edited video that attempted to make U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi seem incoherent by slurring her speech and making it appear like she was repeatedly stumbling over her words.
Perhaps most notably, the ban has an exception for comedy and satire. That won’t totally negate the rule in any way I’m sure.
There’s one last workaround to Facebook’s new rule: comedy. For good reason, Facebook permits people to post satire and parody. Unfortunately, this rule is often exploited by fake-news purveyors and other sites adept at straddling the line between comedy and misinformation.
Thank you, Mark Zuckerberg, for doing your part to protect democracy.
A Facebook executive went in front of Congress today (I’m sure so they can say “why you break law?” and Facebook say “OMFG did we break that?” and then for them to promise to add a line in the TOS and move on). At least some lawmakers were pretty fucking annoyed with him. From Joe Biden’s spokesperson, following the hearing:
“Facebook’s policy does not get to the core issue of how their platform is being used to spread disinformation, but rather how professionally that disinformation is created. Banning deepfakes should be an incredibly low floor in combating disinformation. Today’s announcement falls short of the mark again.”
This seems fine.