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For months, Facebook has struggled with deceptively altered videos, but late Monday evening, the company cracked, announcing that it would ban deepfakes as part of a new policy on manipulated media. But while Facebook’s new policy bans many of the most egregious examples of manipulation, the new push has been bogged down by concerns over the new rules’ limitations and some unusual confusion about exactly what the policy covers.
Most ominously, the new policy has been met with harsh criticism from members of Congress — the very people Facebook was hoping to impress ahead of a congressional hearing about online deception that’s scheduled for Wednesday morning.
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