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The era of infocalypse

BY Mutaz Ahmed | tweet mutazahmd   /  8 August 2020

We are entering an era of infocalypse. Disinformation is taking on a form of its own, learning from artificial intelligence and inserting itself not only into text, but videos too. This era will increasingly divide families and polarise politics. It will benefit malicious actors, such as those who this week produced fake videos of missiles flying into the port of Beirut prior to its catastrophic explosion on Tuesday, to increase tensions between Lebanon and Israel. It is, in the words of American comedian and writer Jordan Peele, a “f****d up dystopia.”


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