Facebook has taken down 155 China-based fake accounts that used AI-generated faces. The networks of fake accounts apparently used Generative Adversarial Networks to create the faces of non-real humans, similar to the website www.thispersondoesnotexist.com.
- Facebook commissioned social analytics company Graphika to study the accounts and analyze the techniques behind them.
- The accounts reportedly posted content in support of and opposing presidential candidates Joe Biden and Donald Trump, as well as former candidate Pete Buttigieg, among other content. The scale of the operation, run from China's Fujian province, was small, Facebook noted.
- In a related report, Graphika noted that GAN-imagined AI is now "readily available online" and can be used and abused by covert operations. This type of AI "has exploded in the last year," it said.
- Ben Nimmo, Graphika's head of investigations, had this to say about the AI-generated faces: