In July, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) talked about fakes in a Heritage Foundation speech, noting that threatening the U.S. used to require nuclear warheads, carriers, and missiles.

But now, he said, all it takes is “the ability to produce a very realistic video that could undermine our elections, that could throw our country into tremendous crisis internally and weaken us deeply.”

Later, in September, Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg faced questions about deep-fakes during a Senate hearing.

Never mind the domestic consequences. Could the international impacts be even worse?

Two law profs, Robert Chesney and Danielle K. Citron, think so, as they inferred  in an article tellingly entitled “Disinformation on Steroids” in the Council of Foreign .

Imagine, they wrote, “deep fake videos depicting an Israeli soldier committing an atrocity against a Palestinian child, a European Commission official offering to end agricultural subsidies on the eve of an important trade negotiation, or a Rohingya leader advocating violence against forces in Myanmar.”



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