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As Part of its Defending Democracy Program, Microsoft Will Identify Manipulated Media with a Confidence Score

In the face of misinformation and fake news, Microsoft has established its Defending Democracy Program. Its new Microsoft Video Authenticator has been designed to combat deepfakes. Here’s more from engadget:

The new Microsoft Video Authenticator will analyze still photo and video images and share how likely it is that the media is artificially manipulated. Users will see a confidence score, or percentage chance, that the media is manipulated, and in videos, that score will show in real-time on each frame. Microsoft says the tool works by detecting subtle elements that might not be detectable by the human eye.

The company will also allow content producers to add digital hashes and certificates to content they produce. Those labels will be included in the content’s metadata, and a reader, which will exist as a browser extension, will check that the certificates match the hashes. This will help assure viewers that the content is authentic and hasn’t been changed.

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