Facebook has made the decision not to remove a fake video of its founder, Mark Zuckerberg. The video, uploaded to Instagram by some visual effects artists, appears to show Mr Zuckerberg basking in knowing users’ data.
The artists’ behind the video, Bill Posters and Daniel Howe created the video where Mr Zuckerberg giving a speech about his motive to control the world’s data. The fake speech video features him appearing to enjoy in knowing all social media users “secrets” before thanking the artists behind the clip.
“Imagine this for a second: One man, with total control of billions of people’s stolen data,” The speech says. “All their secrets, their lives, their futures. I owe it all to Spectre. Spectre showed me that whoever controls the data, controls the future.”
Check out the video down below – it’s really rather freaky!
View this post on Instagram
‘Imagine this…’ (2019) This deepfake moving image work is from the ‘Big Dada’ series, part of the ‘Spectre’ project. Where big data, AI, dada, and conceptual art combine. .Artworks by Bill Posters & @danyelhau #spectreknows #privacy #democracy #surveillancecapitalism #dataism #deepfake #deepfakes #contemporaryartwork #digitalart #generativeart #newmediaart #codeart #markzuckerberg #artivism #contemporaryart
The video was created using artificial intelligence software to manipulate the frames of an existing video to alter someone’s appearance. While this may seem clever (if not a little eerie), what gives this stunt away is the strange movements around Mr Zuckerberg’s mouth.
Journalists who were able to track down the origin of the footage found it was an altered version of a speech from Mr Zuckerberg in 2017, about manipulation on Facebook’s platform during the US presidential election.
Other videos were also created alongside this one, featuring Kim Kardashian and Donald Trump, who appeared to be advertising a video dialogue replacement (VDR) technology created by CannyAl, for an event in Sheffield.
While this sort of technology can be convincing in its current stages (the Kim Kardashian video is much more plausible) and this type of visual effects are expected to improve with time. However, this has drawn concerns that it’ll be used to spread fake news.
The video has been viewed over 25,000 times, with copies being shared on Facebook itself.
“We will treat this content the same way we treat all misinformation on Instagram,” a spokesman for Facebook said. “If third-party fact-checkers mark it as false, we will filter it from Instagram’s recommendation surfaces like Explore and hashtag pages.”
View this post on Instagram
‘When there’s so many haters…’ (2019) This deepfake moving image work is from the ‘Big Dada’ series, part of the ‘Spectre’ project. Where big data, AI, dada, and conceptual art combine. .Artworks by Bill Posters & @danyelhau #spectreknows #deepfake #deepfakes #contemporaryartwork #digitalart #generativeart #newmediaart #codeart #contemporaryart
Mr Posters and Mr Howe commented that while they “welcomed” Facebook’s decision, they still questioned its ethics.
“We feel that by using art to engage and critically explore this kind of technology, we are attempting to interrogate the power of these new forms of computational propaganda and as a result would not like to see our artwork censored by Facebook”, they told the BBC.
“We would however welcome meaningful regulation and oversight of the digital influence industry.”
There is currently no information alongside the Mark Zuckerberg video, but it may appear if the video continues to gain views.
But, just think, why won’t Facebook remove this deep fake video of Mark Zuckerberg? Could this all have to do with a planned move to condition the public into solidifying even when real videos surface, which are absolutely shocking and vile, and could be “damning” as evidence, might be constituted as deep fake videos, even when they’re not?
Nobody knows… However, it seems that with Facebook leaving this fake video of Mark Zuckerberg up on their platforms, it almost shows Facebook off in a very good light, but these things can very much be deceptive.
Facebook could become the most compliant and well liked out of all the big tech giants, since they have a choice, and let’s hope that’s the case.
However, this deep fake mystery is surely a developing phenomenon. Since within deep fake videos still being able to be spotted and identified apart from some very real videos, then let’s juts leave this to the experts, for when other real videos do come out, shall we?
Story by Emily Clark
Featured Photo Credit: ScoopNest