Far-Right Outfit Uses A.I. to Power Its Propaganda - 2019-12-20
On Friday, Facebook pulled down a network of 700 pages with 55 million followers run by The Beauty of Life, a media outlet linked to the Epoch Media Group. Researchers at the disinformation-tracking groups Graphika and the Atlantic Council's Digital Forensic Research Lab found that "dozens" of the fake accounts found in the network taken down by Facebook had avatars that had been generated by AI software as part of a campaign Graphika dubbed Operation Fake Face Swarm.
In a report published on Friday, Graphika wrote that the Beauty of Life campaign used a kind of artificial intelligence known as generative adversarial networks in order to create fake profile photos. Its unclear which specific software platform Beauty of Life admins used but the software in general can create realistic-looking photos of humans who never existed without copying or alerting photos of an existing person.
The network's use of AI-generated photos gave them the advantages of stealth and scale in creating an empire of fake social media content. The bot-created photos couldn't be traced with reverse image search engines and allowed Beauty of Life trolls to crank out fake profiles in bulk.