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Congress Wants to Solve Deepfakes by 2020. That Should Worry ­Us

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was the subject of a distorted video.

Deepfakes are the latest weapon in the war against truth, and Congress is paying attention. The technology allows anyone to create convincing videos of events that never happened, stoking fear that a deepfake could emerge that fuels political divisions, provokes violence, or targets individuals. Fear of a deepfake disrupting the 2020 presidential election is propelling Congress into action.

The first federal bill targeted at deepfakes, the Malicious Deep Fake Prohibition Act, was introduced in December 2018, and the DEEPFAKES Accountability Act followed this June.

Deepfakes are frightening, but so is Congress' rush to regulate them. Congress' haste is written all over the two bills.

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