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Fake videos - the bigger unseen threat

A flood of fake content is cheap to produce. Even if each video or tweet is exposed as bogus, the damage done can be far more corrosive in the longer term.

LONDON • She looked either drunk or hallucinating. Her speech was slurred, and she struggled to finish each sentence.

A recent three-minute video clip of Ms Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the US House of Representatives, was so shocking that it was downloaded by almost two million people and shared no less than 40,000 times just within the first 24 hours of its appearance on Facebook.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 03, 2019, with the headline 'Fake videos - the bigger unseen threat'. Print Edition | Subscribe