Disinfo Update 16/05/2023

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Register for #Disinfo2023 Disinfo news & updates With freedom comes… The attempts of DSA to tackle disinformation could face obstacles before they even begin: proposed amendments to the EU’s draft European Media Freedom Act would grant full exemption from any obligation to moderate content for any organisations self-categorising as “media”. Read more in this FT article by a former Twitter senior content moderator and whistleblower. The return of the Doppelganger. In this article, AFP dives into a network impersonating French Media Le Parisien, with a similar modus operandi to the operation we uncovered last year. Linguistic magic – or an open avenue for deepfakes? Google’s latest quest to realise a “Universal Translator” that can redub videos while synchronising the speaker’s lip movements could pose

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