Rep. Adam Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, has sent letters asking Facebook, Google and Twitter how they plan to deal with deepfakes ahead of the 2020 presidential election. Schiff's concerns follow thethat spread across social media during the 2016 presidential campaign, according to a statement released Monday.
"Social media companies and platforms have taken a variety of actions since 2016 to address disinformation campaigns, but I am concerned they remain unprepared and vulnerable to sophisticated and determined adversaries," said Schiff, a Democrat from California.
Schiff's letter to Facebook included questions such as whether it has a written policy on deepfake content, as well as whether the social media company is conducting research into techniques for detecting the manipulated content. On the other side of the spectrum, the representative's letter to Google asked if deepfake content is included in YouTube advertising. Lastly, to Twitter a question Schiff posed was how many views the recently doctored video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi received.
In June, ain which she appeared drunk spread across the internet. Congress is already looking to investigate deepfakes following the appearance of the doctored Pelosi video amid fears that deepfakes could escalate the fake news campaign during the 2020 US presidential race.
Some experts, on the other hand, see that the AI responsible for deepfakes has positive uses in the medical field. A research study published earlier this month shows the technology can be used to detect abnormalities in X-rays.