AI supercharges threat of disinformation in a big year for elections globally

LONDON — Artificial intelligence is supercharging the threat of election disinformation worldwide, making it easy for anyone with a smartphone and a devious imagination to create fake – but convincing – content aimed at fooling voters. It marks a quantum leap from a few years ago, when creating phony photos, videos or audio clips required … Read more

Moldova faces multiple threats from Russia as it turns toward EU membership, foreign minister says

CHISINAU, Moldova — The past two years have been the hardest and most tumultuous for European Union candidate Moldova in more than three decades as it faces threats from Russia in multiple spheres of public life, the country’s foreign minister says. Since Russia invaded Ukraine in 2022, its neighbor Moldova has faced a litany of … Read more

Meta is fighting deepfakes and misinformation in India ahead of 2024 elections

Tech giant Meta is gearing up for worldwide elections in 2024, having laid out plans to “protect elections online” as global democracies are set to vote this year. India, often referred to as the world’s biggest democracy, is amongst these countries, and Meta is working to fight an epidemic of deepfakes and misinformation ahead of … Read more

Tech and AI companies sign accord to combat election-related deepfakes

Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI, attends the 54th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, in Davos, Switzerland, on Jan. 18, 2024. Denis Balibouse | Reuters A group of 20 leading tech companies on Friday announced a joint commitment to combat AI misinformation in 2024 elections. The industry is specifically targeting deepfakes, which use deceptive … Read more

Indonesia’s presidential hopefuls on TikTok to woo Gen Zs, millennials

Indonesia’s presidential election is due 14 February and candidates are going all out to win over voters in this country of 274 million. With millennials and Gen Z voters making up 56.5% of the electorate campaigning is often done on social media. One platform in particular has emerged as key, TikTok. Sopa Images | Lightrocket … Read more

Joe Rogan and Spotify Agree to an Open Relationship

Photo: James Gilbert/Getty Images (Getty Images) The Joe Rogan Experience is one of the biggest podcasts around thanks to a steady stream of conspiracy theories, right-wing talking points, and the occasional funny comedian. Spotify wants to stay in the Rogan business as it renewed its contract for rights to the podcast. The streaming service signed … Read more

Here’s OpenAI’s big plan to combat election misinformation

Yesterday TikTok presented me with what appeared to be a deepfake of Timothee Chalamet sitting in Leonardo Dicaprio’s lap and yes, I did immediately think “if this stupid video is that good imagine how bad the election misinformation will be.” OpenAI has, by necessity, been thinking about the same thing and today updated its policies … Read more

China’s meddling in Taiwan election opens year of misinformation threats

Comment on this storyCommentAdd to your saved storiesSave A sophisticated Chinese Communist Party effort to tip Saturday’s election in Taiwan may establish a template for interfering elsewhere ahead of a wave of critical global elections, analysts in multiple countries said. The close contest between the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and the more mainland-friendly Kuomintang … Read more

Poland’s new Cabinet moves to free state media from previous government’s political control

WARSAW, Poland — Poland’s new pro-European Union government has begun to wrestle control of the country’s state media and some other state agencies from the conservative party that consolidated its grip on them during eight years in power. The Cabinet of Prime Minister Donald Tusk, which took office last week, said Wednesday it had fired … Read more

Meta Officially Accepts Blood Money to Promote the Big Lie

Meta made a quiet policy update last year allowing advertisers on Facebook and Instagram to say the 2020 election was rigged. The company has made one thing clear: you can’t use their ad systems to question the legitimacy of the American election system — unless you have a credit card, in which case they’re happy … Read more