Facebook removes ‘deepfake’ of Ukrainian President Zelenskyy

On Wednesday, Meta, the parent company of Facebook, took down a deepfake video depicting Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy making a statement that he never made, urging Ukrainians to “lay down guns,” which was posted on the social media platform.

Facebook removes ‘deepfake’ of Ukrainian President Zelenskyy

According to Sky News, the deepfake appears to have been broadcast for the first time on a Ukrainian news website for TV24 following an alleged hack, which was initially reported on Wednesday. An edited Zelenskyy is seen speaking behind a podium, stating that Ukraine has “chosen to restore Donbas” to Russia and that his country’s military efforts have been in vain.

In the video, Zelenskyy’s head is comically larger than it would be in real life, and his surrounding body is more pixelated than it would be in real life. In addition, the fake voice is far deeper than his true voice.

Nathaniel Gleicher, Meta’s head of security policy, sent out a series of tweets on Wednesday informing users that the video had been deleted from the company’s websites and applications. We discovered and destroyed a deepfake video earlier today that purported to depict President Zelensky giving a remark that he never made. According to Gleicher, the malware first surfaced on a supposedly compromised website before spreading around the internet.

Ukrainian authorities released a statement earlier this month cautioning soldiers and citizens to exercise caution when they come across footage of Zelenskyy on the internet, particularly if he appears to be declaring a surrender to the Russian assault. According to the Ukrainian Center for Strategic Communications, the Russian government will most likely utilise deepfakes to persuade Ukrainians to surrender, according to the statement.

We identified and removed a fabricated video purporting to show President Zelensky making a public statement that he never made, according to our teams.
It is nearly impossible to tell the difference between videos created using such technology and authentic video footage. Please be warned that this is a hoax! According to the statement, “His purpose is to disorient and create fear among our civilians, as well as provoke our troops to retreat.” “Relax, Ukraine will not submit!” said the president.

After the deepfake video began to circulate on the internet, Zelenskyy sent a video to his official Instagram account in which he debunked the video’s authenticity. According to him, “as for the newest infantile provocation involving the suggestion to lay down guns,” he merely recommends that the servicemen of the Russian Federation lay down their weapons and return home. “We are at home, protecting the country of Ukraine.

Facebook is locking out people who didn’t activate Facebook Protect

Early in March, a group of Facebook users received a suspicious, spam-like email headed “Your account requires advanced security from Facebook Protect” warning them they had to turn on Facebook Protect (through a link in the email) by a specified date or risk being locked out.

According to Facebook, the tool is designed to protect people like human rights campaigners

According to Facebook, the tool is designed to protect people like human rights campaigners, journalists, and government officials from harmful hackers. It’s supposed to secure those accounts from hacking threats and provide two-factor authentication (2FA). Unfortunately, the email from security@facebookmail.com looked like spam, so it was probably ignored.

It wasn’t spam, in fact it wasn’t. In truth, it was a genuine event. Many folks had a first deadline to meet on Thursday, March 17th, which was a Thursday. And now they’ve been locked out of their Facebook accounts — and they’re having problems figuring out how to get back in using the process that Facebook has set up for them.

Facebook is reportedly sending messages to those who did not turn on Facebook Protect before the deadline, explaining why they are unable to get into their accounts and offering to assist them in turning it back on. However, it does not always function properly:

There have also been a number of reports on Twitter and other social networking sites that people are being locked out of their accounts despite the fact that they have taken the necessary precautions to protect their accounts. Some people claim that their text-based two-factor authentication is simply not working:

Others have reported that they were unable to complete the activation procedure, even though they attempted to do so before the deadline, and as a result, they are effectively locked out of their accounts: It has been requested that we contact the firm to see if they have any advice for those who have been locked out because their Facebook Protected accounts cannot be accessed by anybody other than themselves. We’ll let you know as soon as we receive a response.

Russian court upholds ban on ‘extremist’ Facebook and Instagram

Russian court upholds ban on ‘extremist’ Facebook and Instagram

Meta, a social media platform based on Facebook and Instagram, has been banned by a judge at Moscow’s Tverskoy Court for indulging in “extremist activities,” according to initial reports from Russian state-owned media agency TASS. According to Interfax, Judge Olga Solopova stated that “the court has ruled to allow the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office’s case.” In addition to prohibiting Meta from conducting business or operating new branches in the country, the ban is set to take effect “immediately.” WhatsApp is not included in this list.

Russian court upholds ban on ‘extremist’ Facebook and Instagram

Users in Ukraine and other eastern European nations will be able to advocate for violence against Russian military, according to a moderation policy announced by Facebook and Instagram earlier this week. According to Reuters, the platforms initially instructed moderators to allow posts that called for the death of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, but later narrowed their policy by explicitly prohibiting calls for violence against Russian citizens or any heads of state.

In the hearing, an official from Russia’s communications regulator Roskomnadzor stated, according to a report by Interfax, that “we believe the company’s operations are subject to a prohibition in connection with the company’s involvement in extremist activities.” The Russian Prosecutor General’s Office, as well as the Russian Federal Security Service, petitioned for the prohibition (FSB).

According to TASS, an FSB officer stated that “Meta’s operations are directed against Russia and its armed forces.” “We demand that Meta’s activities be immediately prohibited.” In an interview with TASS, representatives from the prosecution stated that using social media sites such as Facebook and Instagram would not render individuals liable for participating in extremism; however, lawyers stated that purchasing advertising space on the sites could be construed as financing extremism.

Early this month, Roskomnadzor imposed bans on access to Facebook and Instagram, accusing the social media platforms of discriminating against content from Russian state media outlets. Both Facebook and Instagram have taken steps to demote content from any state-backed outlets, according to the regulator. Aside from that, Facebook has prohibited access to the state-owned media outlets RT and Sputnik in the European Union, as well as banned Russian state media from advertising on the social networking website.

New EU law could require iMessage and WhatsApp to work with other, smaller platforms

New EU law could require iMessage and WhatsApp to work with other, smaller platforms

It is possible that the EU’s newly agreed-upon Digital Markets Act may mandate messaging app developers to make their apps function together. According to the EU news release, MPs agreed that “gatekeeper” businesses like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and iMessage must make their programmes “interoperable” with smaller messaging systems.

Here’s the relevant part of the EU’s statement

New EU law could require iMessage and WhatsApp to work with other, smaller platforms

During an 8-hour trilogue, EU parliamentarians agreed that the larger messaging services (including WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and iMessage) must open up and interoperate with smaller messaging platforms if they so request. Messages, files, and video conversations might be sent between platforms, offering users more options. Co-legislators agreed that interoperability requirements for social networks would be evaluated in the future.

While the regulation hasn’t been passed yet, the EU’s phrasing might force Apple and Meta to give up services they used to totally control. Example: you can send iMessages exclusively with Apple’s iMessage app on Apple devices. The EU appears to want Apple to allow other messaging apps to communicate with iMessage — for example, an iPhone user communicating with a Telegram user on a Windows PC.

There’s no mention in the press release of whether the big applications will have to function together (e.g., WhatsApp users can send to iMessage or Android green bubble arguments), but the EU says it wants to break down garden walls without bankrupting small firms.

SILOING MESSAGING APPS IS A CHOICE, NOT A TECHNICAL LIMIT Encryption makes achieving this level of interoperability difficult. So, according to an EU spokesman, the final deal will include staggered timeframes to allow varying levels of interoperability. Interoperability for one-on-one messaging may take three months, but group text messaging may take two years, and audio or video conversations four years. The clock starts when a smaller developer asks a gatekeeper for interoperability.

Messenger gets new shortcuts that let you send silent replies

Messenger gets new shortcuts that let you send silent replies

Meta, the parent company of Facebook, is bringing Slack-style shortcuts to Messenger that will allow you to do things like send a message discreetly or quickly pull up a GIF while you’re talking with your pals. Meta is the parent business of Facebook.

Messenger gets new shortcuts that let you send silent replies

According to Meta, two of the shortcuts are now active as of today, March 29th: @everyone and /silent are two commands that can be used to alert everyone in a conversation, which may be important if you want to ensure that everyone is paying attention. (I ask you, on behalf of your friends’ alerts, to please use this one wisely.) According to Meta, if you wish to send a message without pinging the whole group, you may do so by using the /silent shortcut.

There will be a few more shortcuts added in “the coming weeks,” including /pay, which will allow you to transfer or request money directly from the Messenger chatbox and will be available shortly on iOS and Android devices in the United States. You may view some possible GIFs to drop in the conversation by typing the command /gif followed by the subject of anything you want a GIF of. This functionality will be accessible for iOS in the near future. In addition, the emoticons /shrug and /tableflip, which will be available on iOS shortly, will allow you to drop the old _(()_/ and (°°)( ) emoticons without having to spell them out yourself in the text field.