Chinese deepfake app Zao sparks privacy row after going viral

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Chinese deepfake app Zao sparks privacy row after going viral

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Chinese deepfake app Zao sparks privacy row after going viral
Critics say face-swap app could spread misinformation on a massive scale
Agence France-Presse in Shanghai
Mon 2 Sep 2019 14.05 BST

A Chinese app that lets users convincingly swap their faces with film or TV characters has rapidly become one of the country’s most downloaded apps, triggering a privacy row.

Released on Friday, the Zao app went viral as Chinese users seized on the chance to see themselves act out scenes from well-known movies using deepfake technology, which has already prompted concerns elsewhere over potential misuse.

Users provide a series of selfies in which they blink, move their mouths and make facial expressions, which the app uses to realistically morph the person’s animated likeness on to movies, TV shows or other content.

The company was forced to issue a statement on Sunday pledging changes after critics attacked the app’s privacy policy, which it had “free, irrevocable, permanent, transferable, and relicenseable” rights to all user-generated content.

There has been growing concern over deepfakes, which use artificial intelligence to appear genuine. Critics say the technology can be used to create bogus videos to manipulate elections, defame someone, or potentially cause unrest by spreading misinformation on a massive scale.

“We understand the concerns about privacy. We’ve received the feedback, and will fix the issues that we didn’t take into consideration, which will take some time,” a statement released by Zao said.

Zao is owned by Momo Inc, a Tinder-like dating service that is listed on the US Nasdaq.
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The next major war could be started by a deep fake. I can imagine, say Israel for example, creating one of the Iranian leader talking about an impending terrorist attack on the US and then Mossad operatives false flagging an actual attack in the US. It would be a Gulf of Tonkin incident but with seemingly smoking gun video used to justify overwhelming military response and silence critics. Scary stuff.
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Stinkman wrote: Tue Sep 03, 2019 4:05 am The next major war could be started by a deep fake. I can imagine, say Israel for example, creating one of the Iranian leader talking about an impending terrorist attack on the US and then Mossad operatives false flagging an actual attack in the US. It would be a Gulf of Tonkin incident but with seemingly smoking gun video used to justify overwhelming military response and silence critics. Scary stuff.
The Iranians threaten the US for free. Here's one of them threatening nukes: https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/11 ... tomic-bomb
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Stinkman wrote: Tue Sep 03, 2019 4:05 am The next major war could be started by a deep fake. I can imagine, say Israel for example, creating one of the Iranian leader talking about an impending terrorist attack on the US and then Mossad operatives false flagging an actual attack in the US. It would be a Gulf of Tonkin incident but with seemingly smoking gun video used to justify overwhelming military response and silence critics. Scary stuff.
As we saw in Syria, they don’t even need fake videos.
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