What are deepfakes and how do they work?

Photoshopped images and fake photos often feature in false news, but surely videos of people or places can’t be faked?

Whilst it might be difficult, the scary truth is that it’s not impossible – and it’s only going to get easier. BBC My World presenter Radzi Chinyanganya dives into the world of deepfakes to find out more.

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What do we know about deepfakes?

  • Deepfakes use a type of technology called ‘machine learning’ to create a digital version of someone. This maps a person’s face and mouth movements so that it can then copy them
  • Amateur deepfakes can be made using apps or programs, but they can usually be spotted by showing unusual flickering or blurring around someone’s face
  • Technology is advancing, meaning we need to be on guard for more realistic deepfakes appearing on our feeds.

Where next?

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