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Have you ever seen a video of your favourite celebrity saying something outrageous, only to realise it was completely fake? Or perhaps you received an urgent email that seemed to be from your boss, but something about it didn’t seem right.

Welcome to the world of deepfakes – a rapidly advancing technology fueled by artificial intelligence (AI) that creates synthetic media, often videos or audio recordings. These creations can look and sound incredibly real, but they are manipulated.

While deepfakes can be used for creative purposes like satire or entertainment, their potential for misuse is concerning. Already, deepfakes have infiltrated political campaigns. In 2024, for instance, a fake robocall imitated a candidate’s voice, aiming to deceive people into believing they had said something they never did.

Bad actors exploit deepfakes to spread misinformation, tarnish reputations, and manipulate financial markets. Additionally, they’re employed in phishing attacks. Knowing how to discern different types of deepfakes is essential in today’s world.

Identifying Face-Swapping Deepfakes

Face-swapping deepfakes are among the most common types. They seamlessly replace one person’s face with another’s in a video. These can be very convincing, especially with advanced AI algorithms and high-quality footage.

Here’s how to spot them:

  1. Look for inconsistencies: Pay attention to lighting, skin tones, and facial expressions. Are they consistent and natural throughout the video? Watch for subtle errors like unnatural hair movements or slight misalignments around the face and neck.
  2. Check the source: Consider where you found the video. Was it on a reputable news site or an unknown social media page? Be cautious of videos from unverified sources or unfamiliar channels.
  3. Listen closely: Does the voice match the person’s usual speech patterns? Incongruences in voice tone, pitch, or accent could indicate manipulation.

Detecting Deepfake Audio

Deepfake audio involves creating synthetic voice recordings that mimic a specific person’s speech patterns. Scammers can use these to fabricate audio messages or mislead others.

Here’s how to identify them:

  1. Focus on audio quality: Deepfake audio may sound robotic or unnatural compared to genuine recordings. Listen for unusual pauses, inconsistent pronunciation, or strange emphasis.
  2. Compare the content: Consider if the content of the audio aligns with what the person would say or the context in which it’s presented. Look for inconsistencies or statements that seem out of character.
  3. Seek verification: Look for independent evidence to support the claims made in the audio. If none exists, approach it with caution and skepticism.

Detecting Text-Based Deepfakes

Text-based deepfakes are a newly emerging type of synthetic content generated by AI. They mimic the writing style of individuals or publications and can include social media posts, articles, or emails. These deepfakes pose a significant risk, as scammers can use them to spread misinformation or impersonate others online.

Here are some methods to identify them:

  1. Empower yourself by reading critically: Pay close attention to the text’s writing style, vocabulary, and tone. Compare it to the known writing style of the individual or publication. Look for any unusual phrasing, grammatical errors, or inconsistencies in tone that may indicate manipulation. By doing so, you can stay one step ahead of scammers and protect yourself from malicious intent.
  2. Verify factual accuracy: Cross-reference the information presented in the text with reliable sources to ensure its accuracy. Don’t rely solely on the content for confirmation, as deepfakes can be deceptive.
  3. Be cautious of emotional triggers: Beware of content that evokes strong emotions, such as fear, anger, or outrage. Scammers often use emotional manipulation tactics to influence judgment and behaviour.

Identifying Deepfake Videos with Object Manipulation

This type of deepfake goes beyond altering faces and voices. It uses AI to manipulate objects in video footage, changing their appearance or behaviour. This can be used to fabricate events or alter visual evidence.

Here are some ways to spot them:

  1. Observe physics and movement: Listen to how objects move in the video. Check if their motion looks natural and follows the laws of physics. Look for unusual movement patterns, sudden changes in object size, or inconsistencies in lighting and shadows.
  2. Seek original footage: Try to find the source of the video. Comparing it to the manipulated version can help identify any alterations or discrepancies.

In today’s world, staying vigilant and applying critical thinking are essential. Familiarise yourself with different types of deepfakes and learn to recognise potential red flags. Verify information from reliable sources to stay informed and secure

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About the author

Yener is the founder and Managing Director of Intuitive IT. Prior to running his own business Yener worked for a number of corporate organisations where he gained invaluable experience and skills, as well as an understanding of how IT can complement and improve business outcomes.