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Doctored Jim Acosta video shows why fakes don’t need to be deep to be dangerous


After much hullabaloo earlier this year about "deep fakes," the machine-learning based fake videos that Senator Marco Rubio called the modern equivalent of nuclear weapons, it turns out that low-tech doctored videos can be just as effective a form of disinformation, as a fake video promoted by the White House this week demonstrates—an attack that could just as easily be deployed against you or your enterprise.

After a tense confrontation between President Trump and CNN reporter Jim Acosta at a press conference, during which a female White House intern attempts to take the microphone from Acosta, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders shared a doctored video of the incident that has been modified to look like Acosta attacked the intern.

Watching both videos makes it clear that the original has been edited. The doctored video was first published on Twitter by Infowars editor Paul Joseph Watson, and has been modified to make it look like Acosta "karate-chopped" the intern....(continued)

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