Obama Calls for ‘Digital Fingerprints’ to Help Censor ‘Misinformation’ Online


by Frank Bergman, Slay News:

Former President Barack Obama has called for “digital fingerprints” to be mandatory online to help authorities censor so-called “misinformation.”

In a new interview, Obama suggested the development of new technology to track and identify people online to combat “disinformation.”

He argues that such a move would help to remove “misleading” news from the Internet and provide consumers with only “true” information.

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Obama sat down with his former White House senior adviser David Axelrod for a conversation on the latter’s podcast, “The Axe Files,” on CNN Audio.

During the interview, Axelrod noted he’s seen “misinformation, disinformation, [and] deepfakes” targeting Obama.

“As I’ve told people, because I was the first digital president when I left office, I was probably the most recorded filmed photographed human in history, which is kind of a weird thing,” responded Obama.

“But just the odds are that I was.

“As a consequence, there’s a lot of raw material there.”

Obama added that the deepfakes — digitally manipulated images, audio, or video that appear almost legitimate — started with a version of him dancing, “saying dirty limericks,” or similar kinds of activity.

“That technology’s here now,” continued Obama.

He then warned about the issue getting worse moving forward.

“So, most immediately we’re going to have all the problems we had with misinformation before, [but] this next election cycle will be worse.”

Obama then suggested “digital fingerprints” to discern truth from misinformation.

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