Dec 29, 2020

Deepfake queen prompts 200-plus complaints to Ofcom

More than 200 people have complained to the UK's media watchdog Ofcom about Channel 4's alternative Christmas message, which featured a deepfake of the Queen. Deepfakes use technology to create what can be convincing digital copies of real people, which can be used to spread misinformation. In this case, Channel 4 said it should have been obvious this was not the real Queen. The video forms part of a series of programmes examining the spread of misinformation, she added. Making "Cheap jokes" about the Royal Family was in "Poor taste", Penny Junor, a royal biographer and commentator, told the BBC. "The Queen has had a tough year and making those things into a national joke is tasteless."

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