Deepfakes and Fake Audio - Beware
Beware of the latest weapon in the hands of criminals and 'bent' police officers intent on obtaining a conviction at any price, even at the expense of imprisoning and innocent.
A few years ago, many were shocked at the deepfake videos accompanied by fake audios which purported to show the ex President Obama saying things that the real Obama had never said. If an ex President can be subject to such a crime, defamation, slander, by misinformation, disinformation and malinformation - then anyone can.
I was alarmed when I watched the deepfakes creator explain how the technology was used. Immediately I conjured up potential scenarios where 'impersonators' who look similar to celebrities or politicians etc could request or demand goods or services by fooling members of the public that they were the legitimate person when they were not, thereby potentially obtaining goods and or services by deception.
In the hands of CRIMINALS deepfakes and fake audios are horrendous!
See the link below.
More than the deepfakes, I am more concerned about the fake audios, which could potentially be weaponised in the hands of corrupt law enforcement agencies where they just want a conviction and there would be no CCTV imagery to support their claim that the words or conversations were actually the person they are trying to convict.
Eg If a person A lied and said they had a conversation with person B and a fake audio was introduced that sounded like these two people but in fact happened to be fake audios then it would be an insurmountable problem for an innocent person to prove did not take place.
How often have family members living in one household answered the phone, only to be told 'Oh I thought you were so and so'. 'Oh you sound just like so and so'. How many times have individuals gone into the shopping mall and been innocently mistaken for someone else. Combined all these innocent mistakes with deepfakes and fake audios and the dangers are clear to all.
I was once innocently accused of living in North London, when I have never lived anywhere near North London. I was also accused of having an affair with someone's husband, when I have never met the man in question. How easy is it for false rumours and misinformation to go viral when people are in fact innocent.
Where are the safeguards? Sometimes suing the person who originally put out the false information is not enough to mend the reputation of the innocent.
Trolls are despicable people and should never be given a social media platform to vent their hatred. Often such ones spread misinformation and malinformation for profit or just out of spite. Once banned from one form of social media, they should all their accounts suspended for 3-5 years!
The Bible encourages us to watch our associations - avoid gossip mongers and those who troll other people - they really are poison!
A fantastic adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's ' The Scapegoat' - played by Sir Alec Guiness - shows the kind of mischief an impersonator can create if their character is that devious!
The Scapegoat (1959) - Alec Guiness, Bette Davis Crime Movie
The message I want to drive home is simply this - DO NOT BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU SEE ON SOCIAL MEDIA, HEAR ON THE RADIO, READ IN NEWSPAPERS OR INTERNET SITES ETC BE SCEPTICAL.