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AI Muddies Israel-Hamas War in Unexpected Way

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Other authentic footage from the war with Hamas has faced skepticism stemming from the rise of A.I. technology.

A New York Times photograph shows thick smoke from Israeli bombs rising in Gaza on Thursday.

Credit: Samar Abu Elouf/The New York Times

Disinformation researchers have found the use of artificial intelligence (AI) to spread falsehoods in the Israel-Hamas war is sowing doubt about the veracity of online content.

The researchers discovered people on social media platforms and forums accusing political figures, media outlets, and others of attempts to influence public opinion through deepfakes, even when the content is authentic.

Experts say bad actors are exploiting AI's availability to facilitate the so-called liar's dividend by convincing people genuine content is fake

Deepfake detection services like U.S.-based AI or Not also have been used to label content as fake, and synthetic media specialist Henry Ajder said such tools "provide a false solution to a much more complex and difficult-to-solve problem."

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