US House Ethics Committee is advising politicians against sharing deepfakes


The US House Ethics Committee informed House members yesterday that posting audio or video that has been altered for misleading effect on social media, also known as deepfakes, might be in violation of House rules.

The memo says that “manipulation of images and videos that are intended to mislead the public can harm that discourse and reflect discreditably on the House.” It doesn’t explicitly ban House representatives and staff from posting deepfakes on social media, but it does urge House members to exercise caution and make sure that a deepfake they may be posting isn’t something that could be intentionally misleading.

Last May, distorted videos were posted on social…

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