Cheap Fakes are Being Dispersed Over Biden’s Push for Social Media Censorship


The White House has rejected a range of misleading videos that have been published. The videos depict President Joe Biden in deceptively altered scenarios as “fake, low quality.” Edited footage is misleading but not on the order of the deepfake technology level. The administration’s response sparked a debate over social media censorship and regulation.

White House Concerns: The Biden administration has expressed concern about distributing videos of altered and deteriorated quality on social media. Those “cheap fakes” largely painted the President in a bad light, and phony impressions were left concerning what he was saying or doing. The White House has pushed back on this, saying that the videos can easily spread false information and lose public confidence in government.

Viewpoint: A couple of experts have said they believe the administration is using this as a lever to regulate social media even more. John Smith, a social media analyst, is even more direct about the fluid label of “cheap fake” as a denominational term for signals wannabe taste of misinformation. It would also nationalize content moderation for social media companies, which could keep some abuses in check and give rise to others.

Political Reaction: The White House stance has taken heat from both Democratic and Republican congressmen. Officials have said that removing fake news is necessary to protect the accuracy and integrity of information and debate in society. Critics, on the other hand, claim that it is a slippery slope to approach and it will infringe upon free speech and amount to censorship. But they worry that the line of where to draw those limits is extremely slippery and could lead to even more policing over content.

Speaking to The New York Times, Finbarr OReilly gives a few examples of those ‘cheap fakes’ that work because they are the result of manual labor in which they simply extract some of Biden’s words out of context and upload some selection -> this results with the same confusion or forgetfulness appearing as mentioned above. These are the ones that seem to spread like wildfire – across Twitter to Facebook to a mass audience in the millions. The rapid pace at which Facebook has helped the private group become a powerful hub for misinformation underscores the difficulty in fighting false claims circulating untraceable on social media.

Social Media: In response to the administration’s worries, social media companies have said they are actively working to prevent misinformation. Facebook, Twitter, and other platforms have implemented measures to label or remove misinformation—steps critics say are still limited and unpredictable.

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The controversy over the “cheap fakes” and the way in which the White House responded is a case in point at how Sisyphean an ordeal battling misinformation on social media might be. Preventing fake news is a key aspect of public information, but it is difficult to regulate without creating censorship. In light of these questions, regulators and firms alike have to manage these pitfalls so that public discussion can take place openly and from a well-informed standpoint.