Camera quality on smart phones has been improving rapidly along with facial recognition technology. Photo and video editing apps have become increasingly popular and sophisticated. As people use these apps for entertainment, this has also raised concerns about how fake but realistic looking videos may sow confusion, uncertainty, and doubt about the veracity of images. These manipulated videos and other digital representation produced by artificial intelligence are called “deepfake”.
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