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Doctored video of sinister Mark Zuckerberg puts Facebook to the test

Doctored video of sinister Mark Zuckerberg puts Facebook to the test

Facebook will not remove a fake video of boss Mark Zuckerberg from Instagram that falsely portrays him boasting he can "control the future" thanks to stolen data.

"Imagine this for a second: one man, with total control of billions of people's stolen data, all their secrets, their lives, their futures", he appears to say, before referring to a fictional evil organization in the James Bond movie series. "Spectre showed me that whoever controls the data, controls the future". As for Zuckerberg featuring in the dystopian ensemble and being shared online, Facebook hasn't yet taken the video down.

We will treat this content the same way we treat all misinformation on Instagram.

"If third-party fact-checkers mark it as false, we will filter it from Instagram's recommendation surfaces".

According to the caption under the video, it was created by using VDR (video dialogue replacement) technology created by Israeli company CannyAI. Displayed at the Sheffield Doc Fest in the United Kingdom, the exhibition includes deepfakes of Kim Kardashian, Freddie Mercury and Donald Trump.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi earlier this year had a video of her faked, something which made her come across as being drunk. The Zuckerberg video was posted four days ago.

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A fake video of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg created using "deepfake" technology has emerged on Instagram, in yet another example showing how AI can be used to construct phony content that's easily shareable through social media. It took about a day to make an initial version of the video with one of the artists' voices standing in for a voice actor's Zuckerberg impression and facial movements, he said. Canny's founders Omer Ben-Ami and Jonathan Heimann previously told FXGuide their work builds on prior research done by University of Washington researchers who helped director Jordan Peele create a deepfaked Barack Obama video warning of "fucked up dystopia".

The report said it could not be determined exactly what emails the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has requested and how many of them relate to Zuckerberg.

The video comes after Facebook declined to remove a manipulated video of Nancy Pelosi even after it was viewed millions of times.

This is not the first deepfake video Canny has produced. As far as deepfake videos go, it's not terribly convincing, but it's realistic enough to throw off a viewer that's not paying too much attention. This whole video did not happen -it was doctored.

"Facebook and its executives, including Mark, at all times strive to comply with all applicable law, and at no point did Mark or any other Facebook employee knowingly violate the company's obligations under the FTC consent order", a company spokesman said in a statement. Upon closer examination, it was revealed that the video had been subtly altered to make Acosta's actions seem more exaggerated.