Ho Ching warns of fake news in the form of manipulated videos

"Mona Lisa, real people, fake AI people - we no longer can trust video clips as “evidence” anymore,” said the PM's wife

The wife of Singapore's Prime Minister, Ho Ching, arrives to attend the partners' programme at the city hall during the G20 summit in Hamburg, northern Germany, on July 8, 2017. - Leaders of the world's top economies gather from July 7 to 8, 2017 in Germany for likely the stormiest G20 summit in years, with disagreements ranging from wars to climate change and global trade. (Photo by AXEL SCHMIDT / POOL / AFP)

The Chief Executive Officer of Temasek Holdings and wife of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Ho Ching, took to social media earlier today to warn about fake video clips.

In her Facebook post, she shared a YouTube video showing how computer software can alter actual footage of a person talking, as if they were saying something else.

She wrote, “This is incredible! Just typing out the text that you want the video to fake a person saying!”

“Insert fake text and the software can get the lip sync done on a live talking head person.

Mona Lisa, real people, fake AI people – we no longer can trust video clips as “evidence” anymore”, she added.

This is incredible!Just typing out the text that you want the video to fake a person saying! Insert fake text and…

Posted by HO Ching on Monday, 10 June 2019

According to The Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Bill (Pofma), people in Singapore who spread online falsehoods with a malicious intent to harm public interest could face jail terms of up to 10 years.

Internet platforms, including social media sites like Facebook, will also be required to act swiftly to limit the spread of falsehoods by displaying corrections alongside such posts, or removing them.

Failure to comply could result in fines of up to S$1 million.

Individuals can also be directed to put up similar corrections and could be fined up to S$20,000 and jailed up to 12 months if they refuse to do so./TISG