Don’t believe everything you SEE
False image is the conspiracy to superimpose an image onto someone, so as to do or say something that they haven’t really done. The concept is a subset of Fake news, and may be used in disinformation warfare. False imaging is utilized in videos where a different face can be overlaid on an actor in existing footage, but appears to be perfectly in sync with the dialogue and action. The modern day effects are utterly mesmerising and completely believable in the entertainment industry. An early example of the ‘wow’ effect was ‘Gump meeting Nixon’ in the movie Forrest Gump. The latest software is known as DeepFaceLab.
The practice of false imaging began in pornography, when image editors would cut and paste nude images onto a famous person. Today, even amateur editors can now map a famous face onto an existing adult film star or vise versa. As imaging technology improved, edits have become smoother, with video motion overlay.
There is concern that false image technology could be used in information warfare, or rather disinformation warfare. We live in a post-truth politics era, where the blue sky could be argued as red, and cries of “fake news” are commonplace. The ability to create a video where anyone can say anything is a dangerous tool. Representative Adam Schiff, Chair of the House Intelligence Committee, recently warned Congress that false imaging can “enable malicious actors to foment chaos, division or crisis and they have the capacity to disrupt entire campaigns, including that for the presidency.”