Slick Tom Cruise Deepfakes Signal That Near Flawless Forgeries May Be Here

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Hany Farid, a digital forensics expert at UC Berkeley, says the dangers in sophisticated phony videos called “deepfakes” are amplified in their potential to travel rapidly across social media. Ben Margot/AP

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In a crop of viral videos featuring Tom Cruise, it’s not the actor’s magic trick nor his joke-telling that’s deceptive — but the fact that it’s not actually Tom Cruise at all.

The videos, uploaded to TikTok in recent weeks by the account @deeptomcruise, have raised new fears over the proliferation of convincing deepfakes — the nickname for media generated by artificial intelligence technology

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