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FT: TikTok leads fight against fake videos

App introduces automatic labeling to curb AI misinformation online

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TikTok is pioneering a new approach to combat the spread of disinformation and deepfakes on social media platforms. In a move to enhance transparency, the viral video app will automatically label some content generated by artificial intelligence (AI), becoming the first platform to do so. This decision comes amidst growing concerns about the proliferation of AI-generated content and its potential to mislead users.

The initiative extends beyond existing requirements for users to disclose AI-generated media, with TikTok introducing its own features to identify and label such content. This includes videos created using popular AI tools like Adobe's Firefly and OpenAI's Dall-E. TikTok's head of operations and trust and safety, Adam Presser, emphasized the importance of maintaining authenticity within the platform's vibrant community.

Other major social media platforms, including Meta (formerly Facebook), X, and YouTube, have also been exploring ways to integrate generative AI into their services. However, concerns have been raised about the influx of low-quality AI-generated content flooding users' feeds.

As the world approaches significant elections, these platforms face increased pressure to combat deepfakes, misinformation, and covert influence operations while maintaining impartiality. TikTok's proactive stance comes shortly after it filed a lawsuit against the US government challenging legislation aimed at banning or selling the app over concerns of disinformation and propaganda.

TikTok's participation in a coalition led by Adobe signals a collaborative effort across the tech industry to embed digital fingerprints into AI-generated content. This technology aims to provide transparency by indicating when and how AI tools were used to create multimedia content. OpenAI and other tech giants like Google and Microsoft are also exploring the integration of this technology into their AI offerings.

While these measures represent significant strides in addressing the deepfake challenge, experts caution that sophisticated actors may still exploit open-source AI tools to evade detection. Nevertheless, tech companies view these efforts as crucial first steps in safeguarding the integrity of digital conversations and combating the manipulation of online content.

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