In the era of deepfakes, it can be extremely difficult to know whether or not a video is real just by using your eyes and ears. Should you be worried? No, but you should be prepared. DW explains how to spot deepfakes
How Do I Spot A Deepfake & Debunk Misinformation?
Imagine that you can dance like Bruno Mars or sing like Whitney Houston in just one day. The technology used to make anyone do or say things they have never done may seem complicated — but it’s very accessible. All that’s needed is some visual footage or a recording of a voice to start creating an alternative reality.
This kind of manipulated content that has been created with the help of AI technology is called synthetic content, or more widely known as a deepfake.
Spotting the (in)visible
You do not need to become a deepfake expert to distinguish what is real from what is fake. Here are some tips:
- Slow down and look again. Think before you share. Ask yourself: Can this really be true? Would you expect this to happen? If you are not sure, don’t share.
- Do a quick check to see if you can find the same story or narrative from different and trustworthy sources. A brief internet search on a headline will give you leads on the real story.
- Find another version and compare. If you do not trust a claim, an image or a video, then describe it in a Google or DuckDuckGo search, find another version, and then compare the two versions. You can use a standard internet search for this or try a reverse image search.