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Twitter Wants Your Feedback on Its Deepfake Policy Plans

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Social media platform Twitter on Monday unveiled its plan for handling deepfake videos and other manipulated media, and called for feedback from the public. In the run-up to the US presidential election in November 2020, social platforms have been under pressure to tackle the threat of manipulated media, including deepfakes, which use artificial intelligence to create realistic videos in which a person appears to say or do something they did not.

Twitter’s new proposal, laid out in a blog post, said it might place a notice next to tweets sharing “synthetic or manipulated media,” warn people before they like or share such tweets, or add a link to a news story showing why various sources think the media is synthetic or manipulated.

The company also said it might remove tweets with such media if they were misleading and could threaten physical safety or lead to other serious harm.

It proposed defining synthetic and manipulated media as any photo, audio or video that has been “significantly altered or fabricated in a way that intends to mislead people or changes its original meaning.” This would include either deepfakes or more manually doctored “shallowfakes.”

Twitter last year banned deepfakes in the context of intimate media: its policy prohibits images or videos that digitally manipulate an individual’s face onto another person’s nude body.

While there has not been a well-crafted deepfake video with major political consequences in the United States, the potential for manipulated video to cause turmoil was demonstrated in May by a clip of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, manually slowed down to make her speech seem slurred.

After the Pelosi video, Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg was portrayed in a spoof video on Instagram in which he appears to say “whoever controls the data, controls the future.” Facebook, which owns Instagram, did not to take down the video.

In July, US House of Representatives Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff wrote to the CEOs of Facebook, Twitter, and Alphabet’s Google asking for the companies’ plans to handle the threat of deepfake images and videos ahead of the 2020 elections.

Twitter has opened its new proposal up for public input through a survey and tweets with the hashtag #TwitterPolicyFeedback until November 27.

Last month, Amazon’s Amazon Web Services (AWS) said it would join Facebook and Microsoft in their “Deepfake Detection Challenge,” a contest to spur research into the area.

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Willow Beach closed until approximately 12 pm to manage capacity, Lake Mead Twitter account says

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Visitors enjoying the beach at Willow Beach; COURTESY: National Park Service

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Willow Beach, a popular destination for many during Memorial Day Weekend, will close for the next two hours “to manage capacity,” Lake Mead announced on Twitter Sunday morning.

Willow Beach, located on the Arizona side of the Colorado River between Lake Mead and Lake Mohave, is part of the Lake Mead National Recreation area.

It should reopen around 12 p.m., according to the tweet.

Willow Beach will be closed for the next 2 hours to manage capacity. Estimated reopening time is noon.

— Lake Mead (@lakemeadnps) May 30, 2021

Willow Beach is located 15 miles south of the Hoover Dam in Arizona off of U.S. Highway 93.

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Twitter user creates in-depth thread defending Tua Tagovailoa

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Former Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is only heading into his second season in the NFL. Now as the starting quarterback of the Miami Dolphins, he’s barely had time to adjust following a brutal hip injury against in 2019 Mississippi State that almost ended his career.

Still, that isn’t enough to keep the absurd amount of haters from criticizing every move the former five-star quarterback makes nowadays.

Most recently, it was Tagovailoa talking about not knowing Miami’s playbook “really, really good” and that has somehow turned into massive criticism on social media. The attacks have been all over the place, but one Twitter user has had enough.

He goes by Reason (or @the_real_reason) and his Twitter handle is pretty accurate, if this post is any indication. In order to see the entire thread, you’ll have to click on it and then scroll through, but trust me, it is worth it.

A thread:

I’m going to address this Tua playbook thing because it seems a lot of people are incapable of reading between the lines.

Tua never said he didn’t know the playbook he said he “really, really good”, notice the stress on really twice? 1/16

— Reason (@the_real_reason) May 29, 2021

At this point, we’re going to have to wait until the season gets underway for Tagovailoa to silence his doubters, but there are plenty of reasons to buy into why that can — and should — happen.

He’s got a better understanding of the playbook, he’s had more offseason time with his teammates and the overall talent and depth around him on the offensive side of the football has been drastically improved.

Expect a massive step forward in his second season.

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Le’Veon Bell rips Adam Gase-era Jets on Twitter

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The future is bright at One Jets Drive with Robert Saleh running the show, but it wasn’t too long ago that Florham Park was a hopeless place under Adam Gase’s watch.

Gase ran the Jets into the ground throughout his two years with the team, making New York the laughingstock of football for the majority of 2020. Le’Veon Bell was one of many who was part of the trainwreck for a year and a half before his unceremonious release midway through last season.

On Thursday, Bell took to social media to provide some insight into just how bad the Gase era was, taking shots at his former team in a series of tweets.

money wise, somewhat…other than that, hell no https://t.co/rBWrVAPxrX

— Le’Veon Bell (@LeVeonBell) May 27, 2021

lol the only difference with the steelers was they gave me opportunity… haven’t had that since I left, I probably need to play for a defensive minded head coach instead of these offensive minded guru’s … https://t.co/JAT50XUm23

— Le’Veon Bell (@LeVeonBell) May 27, 2021

I had more touches in 2017 for the steelers than I had my entire time with the jets… that’s what I mean by “opportunity” weirdo https://t.co/mT4fXogHqI

— Le’Veon Bell (@LeVeonBell) May 27, 2021

I don’t consider a “HB dive” on 3rd & short of 4th & short EVERY TIME is an opportunity…we line up & they callin out the play, that’s not opportunity, on top of the play being a dive…I can’t make sh*t shake with that

— Le’Veon Bell (@LeVeonBell) May 28, 2021

While Bell’s gripe with the way his time with the Jets went is somewhat warranted, there are some holes in his argument. Bell finished eighth in the NFL in touches with 311 in 2019. That does not play into his theory that he was not given enough opportunities to make plays, even if Gase’s playcalling was predictable.

Bell also flopped with the Chiefs after the Jets released him in October, rushing for just 254 yards and two touchdowns on 63 carries in nine games with Kansas City. Yardage was even tougher for Bell to come by after he left New York, indicating the 29-year-old has indeed lost a step — even if he isn’t willing to admit it.

Bell did plenty of good things off the field while he was with the Jets, but he will ultimately be remembered as a free agent signing Mike Maccagnan never should have made. Gase deserves nearly all the blame for New York’s recent failures, but Bell never did much to make himself part of the solution.

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