Commonwealth Policy Center

Deep fakes are threatening our understanding of reality. A deep fake is a picture or a video that is altered and faked with the intention to deceive. Now deep fakes are emerging from the Israeli-Hamas war. The intent is to shape opinion and elicit emotional responses. In the first days of the war, deep fakes included the bodies of babies, children, and families. Jean-Claude Goldenstein, CEO of CREOpoint, a tech company that uses AI to assess the validity of online claims said, “It’s going to get worse — a lot worse — before it gets better.” This is a warning that each of us need to be careful to validate what is true before we believe it and pass it on. In the meantime, let’s be very careful and pray that we’d not be fooled by deep fakes.