A significant ‘manipulated media’ incident yesterday, With two separate doctored videos circulating, both focused on the mental health of the officers in the highest positions in the country.
Manipulated Media Swarms
This narrative is not new it also took place in the last election cycle. This post is not about politics it’s about the use of swarm behaviors on social media driven by manipulated media produced to drive men to action.
Legacy Media Reinforcement
First slowed-down footage made to make The Speaker of the House look drunk clocked millions of views on Facebook. Then a doctored [change the content or appearance of in order to deceive; falsify.] clip of stumbles also towards the ends of illustrating mental instability was RT by the POTUS then verbally followed up at an media event .
Never Goes Away
Warnings about being manipulated by deep fake video footage is prevalent in the news. While that my be a danger a much lower tech of altered, edited and ultimately doctored video that spreads on social media is working just fine.
These digital swarms targeted with harms before content is flagged, identified, qualified and more often than not — never ‘taken down’. In a rare case of a take down the material never disappears it only gets renamed and populates again to other accounts and networks.
Cheap Fakes Big Distraction
Threat scenarios around deep-fake videos speak of the perfect combo of early generation mobile handsets, poor picture quality due to bandwidth in 3rd world countries as the example environment for manipulated videos to spread.
Yesterday here in the US doctored, edited slowed-down footage playing out on iPhones and the web with an audience of ripe receptors worked just fine. The term ‘cheap fake’ is also what we are falling for and talking about vs issues at hand. Look over here.
Our collective digital literacy is an all time low- dispute the text, question the camera, deny the video. All video networks need to label manipulated media ASAP. There are unique qualities to un-edited, edited, and manipulated we need to unpack them and the language around this media better.