How to spot the realistic faces creeping into your timelines

A remarkable advance in artificial portrait generation adds a new potential layer of deception to online fraudsters, astroturfers, and propagandists. These images look extremely real, even though the people don't exist.

"Deepfaces" have a greater potential to add to the noise of troll farms, social-media griefers, and outright scammers and fraudsters because they look legitimate and fail reverse-image searches. As Craig Silverman, a long-time exposer of online frauds and BuzzFeed media editor, says, “I think it presents a big challenge for some of the existing approaches used by investigators, journalists, and police and others to follow a breadcrumb trail.”


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