Why platforms aren’t taking down deceptive political videos

U.S. Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks during her weekly news conference last week | Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images Say you run a large social network in which your most zealous users frequently discuss their politics. In 2020, one way they are going to do this is through the sharing of memes — pithy, punchy photos and videos designed for maximum partisan impact. Some of these memes will draw on actual…

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Reuters built a prototype for automated news videos using Deepfakes tech

The Reuters news company and an AI startup named Synthesia today unveiled a new project they’ve partnered on that uses Deepfakes-style technology to generate automated news reports in real time. Designed as a proof-of-concept, the system takes real-time scoring data from football matches and generates news reports complete with photographs and a script. Synthesia and Reuters then use a neural network similar to Deepfakes and prerecorded footage of a real news anchor to turn the script…

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As platforms get better at detecting child abuse videos, they’re finding more of them

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge More than 41 million videos of child sexual abuse were reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in 2019, partly because the videos have become easier for technology platforms like Facebook and Snapchat to detect, The New York Times reports. Just five years ago, the number of videos reported was less than 350,000. A record-breaking 70 million total images and videos were reported to the…

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Use Chrome’s picture-in-picture mode to watch videos while browsing other tabs

Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. We all know the struggle. You’re watching a show, or a video, but you also really want to get work done or do some browsing, so you flip to other Chrome tabs. You’ll be able to hear your video, but not see it. It’s a compromise we’ve all made from…

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