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Riku Tanaka
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January 10 14:26

In China, the spread of deepfakes has become a criminal offense

The Chinese Cyberspace Authority believes that fake videos and photographs “endanger national security, undermine social stability, and disrupt public order.”
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The Chinese government has passed a new law that prohibits the publication of deepfakes (photos and videos where the face is replaced with a different person’s by an AI neural network) and news written by artificial intelligence without a corresponding mark. Anyone who fails to comply with this rule will be charged with a criminal offense.
This law has come into force on January 1st, 2020. The Chinese Cyberspace Authority believes that fake videos and photographs “endanger national security, undermine social stability, and disrupt public order.”
Deepfake videos become better and more believable every day, it will soon become impossible to distinguish a fake from the original. Check your own deepfake-spotting ability: try to guess which is the real photo and which is neural network-generated on this site.