Deepfakes: Is This Video Even Real? | NYT Opinion

  • Published: 14 August 2019
  • In the video Op-Ed above, Claire Wardle responds to growing alarm around “deepfakes” — seemingly realistic videos generated by artificial intelligence. First seen on Reddit with pornographic videos doctored to feature the faces of female celebrities, deepfakes were made popular in 2018 by a fake public service announcement featuring former President Barack Obama. Words and faces can now be almost seamlessly superimposed. The result: We can no longer trust our eyes.

    In June, the House Intelligence Committee convened a hearing on the threat deepfakes pose to national security. And platforms like Facebook, YouTube and Twitter are contemplating whether, and how, to address this new disinformation format. It’s a conversation gaining urgency in the lead-up to the 2020 election.

    Yet deepfakes are no more scary than their predecessors, “shallowfakes,” which use far more accessible editing tools to slow down, speed up, omit or otherwise manipulate context. The real danger of fakes — deep or shallow — is that their very existence creates a world in which almost everything can be dismissed as false.

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Comments • 508

  • Samuel115s
    Samuel115s  17 minutes back

    Wow, catfishing in the future is gonna be insane.

    • Zain Mehmood
      Zain Mehmood  15 hours back

      When she said "I'm not Adele" I gasped

      • S B
        S B  16 hours back

        You can tell it’s face tho

        • Redo Redo
          Redo Redo  4 days back

          I'm not Adele wtf moment

          • M O N I R O T H
            M O N I R O T H  6 days back

            I didn’t even read the title and freak out “OMG ADELE IS BACK” 🤦🏻‍♂️🤦🏻‍♂️🤦🏻‍♂️

            • M O N I R O T H
              M O N I R O T H  6 days back

              I didn’t even read the title and freak out “OMG ADELE IS BACK” 🤦🏻‍♂️🤦🏻‍♂️🤦🏻‍♂️

              • Kelly1999
                Kelly1999  1 weeks back

                I thought this lady was Adele 😂

                • Cra-zy Vi-bez
                  Cra-zy Vi-bez  1 weeks back

                  Black mirror's next episode.

                  • Spring Bloom
                    Spring Bloom  2 weeks back

                    Gotta love the objectivity, here 😒

                    • stefan
                      stefan  2 weeks back

                      She's not common enough to be Adele.

                      • Ali G
                        Ali G  2 weeks back

                        Liar's dividend is scary.

                        • Optimus Phoenix Prime
                          Optimus Phoenix Prime  2 weeks back

                          Deep fake 🕵️‍♀️ Love
                          . Hypergamy

                          • Optimus Phoenix Prime
                            Optimus Phoenix Prime  2 weeks back

                            Deep fake Bibles 🕵️‍♀️

                            • Sanjok Gurung
                              Sanjok Gurung  3 weeks back

                              Really wish her teeth were deepfaked.

                              • Ryan Ambrose
                                Ryan Ambrose  3 weeks back

                                No one is freaking out

                                • Knowledge Is Key
                                  Knowledge Is Key  3 weeks back

                                  Its the eyes, thats how you spot a deep fake

                                  • C
                                    C  3 weeks back

                                    Adele deepfake.. becomes Nick Nolte deepfake.

                                    • Kundan Kumar
                                      Kundan Kumar  3 weeks back

                                      One day people will be doing deep fakes in real time 😂😂

                                      • Ava Gaughan
                                        Ava Gaughan  3 weeks back

                                        Omg the Stranger Things music I'm--

                                        • Screw This
                                          Screw This  3 weeks back

                                          What happened to New York Times 100%, hand on heart, this is true when it came to the Covington kids?

                                          I guess that hyperbolic hand waving was worth the risk.

                                          • Clips on Clips
                                            Clips on Clips  4 weeks back

                                            This is just another "intellectual" making predictions that will age TERRIBLY.

                                            • madlarkin8
                                              madlarkin8  4 weeks back

                                              The message is clear: only listen to trusted news sources like CNN, the new york times, MSNBC, VOX, VICE, washington post. Their journalistic integrity will keep them from using context and omission to pursue an agenda, unlike people on youtube who could really be lying or selectively ignoring information.


                                              • arturoperezify
                                                arturoperezify  4 weeks back

                                                The technology itself isn't scary. The problem is how gullible people can be.

                                                • Jay Thompson
                                                  Jay Thompson  4 weeks back

                                                  If you slow down a video of a drunk person talking, the person is still drunk

                                                  • Tim Brady
                                                    Tim Brady  4 weeks back

                                                    Pelosi seems drunk at regular speed . The more corrections a newspaper has to issue works in the same way , makes them less likely to be believed on their future stories , used to be an incentive for them to not publish till they had it right but that seems to have fallen by the way side.

                                                    • wiki leaks
                                                      wiki leaks  4 weeks back

                                                      Technology is awsm
                                                      But most of the people are UNEDUCATED and are being manipulated by power/politicians

                                                      • David Foster
                                                        David Foster  4 weeks back

                                                        _"The hype is overblown"..._ LOL Give it a couple more years, and you won't know WHAT to believe (as if you do NOW)!

                                                        • Deadrich
                                                          Deadrich  4 weeks back

                                                          "I am not Adele..."

                                                          Wait I'm sorry, that was Adele's face ?

                                                          • Prophet YouTube
                                                            Prophet YouTube  4 weeks back


                                                            • Maynne Millares
                                                              Maynne Millares  4 weeks back

                                                              lol, The New York Times itself is a Fakenews outlet. A George Soros-funded organization for decades. Look whose talking.

                                                              • Gin Jones
                                                                Gin Jones  4 weeks back

                                                                Got a link to prove it's soros funded? I thought it was basically a charity kept alive by rich people to give their mediocre children a job and status above their abilities.

                                                            • zer0edgy
                                                              zer0edgy  4 weeks back

                                                              0:24 Tinder photo be like
                                                              0:27 irl

                                                              • Beda Vining
                                                                Beda Vining  4 weeks back

                                                                When you barely know what Adele looks like so you aren’t even bamboozled

                                                                • L O V E
                                                                  L O V E  4 weeks back


                                                                  • Howie Bouthat
                                                                    Howie Bouthat  1 months back

                                                                    At your own do you even know the public over-react is even the actual public reaction?

                                                                    • Jonathan Massey
                                                                      Jonathan Massey  1 months back

                                                                      not one of these look real

                                                                      • Serena L
                                                                        Serena L  1 months back

                                                                        Scary man

                                                                        • Captain Teeko
                                                                          Captain Teeko  1 months back

                                                                          Lol that corridor video of Tom cruise deep fake that wasn’t even good tbh lol

                                                                          • S Garcia
                                                                            S Garcia  1 months back

                                                                            It's good that apparently, only republicans do this. It makes me wonder if possibly the NY TIMES is biased

                                                                            • TRUMP 2Q2Q -
                                                                              TRUMP 2Q2Q -  1 months back

                                                                              Wow whata coincidence. How come all the mainstream media is suddenly so worried about deepfake videos effecting the 2020 election. I’m no prophet but mark my words I bet you a million dollars the reason they are warning people about this ahead of time is because they know tons of incriminating videos of corrupt politicians is coming and they need a scapegoat. Another prediction this whole ‘deep fake’ phenomenon is mainly going to be used to deceive people into thinking REAL videos are FAKE instead of trying to make FAKE videos look REAL because they know the technology is no where good enough to fool people into believing a fake video is real. But making a REAL VIDEO look fake is 100x easier.

                                                                              • TRUMP 2Q2Q -
                                                                                TRUMP 2Q2Q -  1 months back

                                                                                I smell a scapegoat being created. Now dirty corrupt politicians can claim everything is fake.

                                                                                • teamSAF bmx
                                                                                  teamSAF bmx  6 days back

                                                                                  Really? I smell fanbois using this as excuse to lie to themselves and say clearly real videos arent real. Trump fans will dismiss clearly real video evidence if it ever was unnearthed just as fans as Elizabeth Warren fans will ignore a truly damning video if it came out about her.. the politicans don't even have to yell deepfake beause all their sycophant fans will do it for them

                                                                                • bear face
                                                                                  bear face  1 weeks back

                                                                                  as long as theres some experts who is willing to make a stand and is brave enough to verify the videos if it is edited or not. they won't succeed in using it as a scapegoat..

                                                                              • Lucy Lincoln
                                                                                Lucy Lincoln  1 months back

                                                                                Anyone else hear Stranger Things themes in the music loop there? My weird ears...
                                                                                Great video!! 👍 👍

                                                                                • Rheta Yambaye
                                                                                  Rheta Yambaye  1 months back

                                                                                  I bet the black mirror prime minister wished he thought of that

                                                                                  • Reinulus Aurelius
                                                                                    Reinulus Aurelius  1 months back

                                                                                    About 99.99% of stuff that spoiled pampered western people squeal about being "dangerous" isn't dangerous at all in the least. It's like the west has became nations that are populated with grown-a** toddlers.

                                                                                    • FaB92 N
                                                                                      FaB92 N  1 months back

                                                                                      Cute To uggly woman

                                                                                      • Dasani Drip
                                                                                        Dasani Drip  1 months back

                                                                                        “Yo what app is that”

                                                                                        • Gaston
                                                                                          Gaston  1 months back

                                                                                          Gotcha I knew you wasn't Adele🤣🤣🤣🤣

                                                                                          • kika baa
                                                                                            kika baa  1 months back

                                                                                            They are preparing to say any Epstein videos are fake

                                                                                            • 1stinkywizzleteets
                                                                                              1stinkywizzleteets  1 months back

                                                                                              Are you trying to convince me that Nancy Pelosi isn't a drunk? Nice try.