Can fake news law counter AI challenge?

The rise of deepfakes shows how AI is a game changer. The Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act is a starting point to fight it. But there are other tools, too.

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No one disputes that online falsehoods are a scourge on modern society. Since 2016, when "post-truth" was dubbed the word of the year, disinformation - the spreading of false information with intent - and misinformation - the spreading of false information without intent - have captured everyone's attention.

Countries from Germany to India to Australia have all either passed or tabled legislation meant to combat the harms brought by both of these.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 20, 2019, with the headline Can fake news law counter AI challenge?. Subscribe