Facebook Bans Deepfake Videos, Okays Parody Clips


Facebook will ban deepfake videos ahead of the US elections but the new policy will still allow heavily edited clips so long as they are parody or satire, the social media giant said Tuesday.

Deepfake videos are hyper-realistic doctored clips made using artificial intelligence or programs that have been designed to accurately fake real human movements.

In a blog published following a Washington Post report, Facebook said it would begin removing clips that were edited — beyond for clarity and quality — in ways that “aren’t apparent to an average person” and could mislead people.

Clips would be removed if they were “the product of artificial intelligence or machine learning that merges, replaces or superimposes content onto a video, making it appear to be authentic,” the statement from Facebook vice-president Monika Bickert said.

However, the statement added: “This policy does not extend to content that is parody or satire, or video that has been edited solely to omit or change the order of words.”

US media noted the new guidelines would not cover videos such as the 2019 viral clip — which was not a deepfake — of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that appeared to show her slurring her words.

Facebook also gave no indication on the number of people assigned to identify and take down the offending videos, but said videos failing to meet its usual guidelines would be removed, and those flagged clips would be reviewed by teams of third-party fact-checkers — among them AFP.

The news agency has been paid by the social media giant to fact-check posts across 30 countries and 10 languages as part of a program starting in December 2016, and including more than 60 organisations.

Content labeled “false” is not always removed from newsfeeds but is downgraded so fewer people see it — alongside a warning explaining why the post is misleading.


Trump Pilloried For Retweeting Anti-Muslim Videos

President Donald Trump drew fierce condemnation Wednesday after he retweeted three anti-Muslim videos posted by the deputy head of a British far-right group who has been convicted of a hate crime.

Trump’s actions drew criticism from many quarters, including the British government at 10 Downing Street, which said Trump was “wrong” to promote the group’s “hateful narratives.”

The White House scrambled to limit the fallout, saying even if the anti-Muslim videos were misleading, Trump was pointing out a real problem.

“The threat is real, and that’s what the president is talking about,” said Trump’s spokeswoman Sarah Sanders.

One of the videos claims to show a Muslim beating up a Dutch boy on crutches. Another is described as showing an Islamist mob pushing a teenager of a rooftop. The veracity of both is in doubt.

The third allegedly depicts a Muslim throwing down and smashing a statue of the Virgin Mary.

The footage was originally posted by Jayda Fransen, deputy leader of the far-right group Britain First, which hailed Trump for his support.



Fransen was found guilty last year of a hate crime after hurling abuse at a Muslim woman wearing a hijab.

Britain First, which was formed in 2011 and is known for picketing outside mosques, has run and lost in several British and European parliament elections.

Brendan Cox, widower of MP Jo Cox who was murdered by a right-wing extremist last year, said: “Trump has legitimized the far right in his own country, now he’s trying to do it in ours.

“Spreading hatred has consequences & the president should be ashamed of himself,” he said.

– ‘Abhorrent, dangerous’ –

David Lammy, an MP for the opposition Labour Party, said: “The president of the United States is promoting a fascist, racist, extremist hate group whose leaders have been arrested and convicted.

“He is no ally or friend of ours,” he said.

Stephen Doughty, another Labour MP, called the videos “highly inflammatory” and his colleague Yvette Cooper said Trump had given Fransen a “huge platform”.

Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn said the retweets were “abhorrent, dangerous and a threat.”

Fransen and Britain First leader Paul Golding were due to appear in court on Wednesday for a pre-trial review on charges of “threatening, abusive or insulting words or behavior” over a speech she made in Belfast.

Trump’s interventions in British politics and controversial foreign policy have strained the so-called “special relationship”.

He has infuriated British authorities with his tweets on terrorism in Britain, including highly publicized run-ins with London’s Muslim mayor Sadiq Khan.

Wednesday’s retweets were part of an early morning burst in which Trump again dismissed CNN as “Fake News” and insisted the US economy was in “record territory” by many measures.

Trump also said consumer confidence was at an all-time high.

“I guess somebody likes me (my policies)!” the president wrote.


Anambra Election: PDP Leadership Backs Nwoye As Flagbearer

The national leadership of the Peoples’ Democratic Party says Tony Nwoye is its candidate for the November 16 governorship election in the state, having had two party primaries conducted in Anambra state.

The party’s national chairman, Bamanga Tukur, said this in Abuja while receiving the report of the party’s electoral panel chaired by Governor Ibrahim Shema of Katsina state.

The other primary, won by Senator Uba, was conducted by the parallel chairman of the Anambra chapter of the PDP, Ejike Oguebeo.

The PDP National Chairman said the party will stand by the choice of the Anambra people in the primaries.

Drive For A Better Nigeria Gave Rise To APC– APC Member

A member of the new merger political party; APC, Funsho Ologunde says the creation of  merger political party the Allinace for Progressives Congress (APC) was borne out of the desire give Nigerians a ‘better Nigeria’,also debunkiung political insinuations that most key members of the new Alliance for progressive Congress (APC) are splinters of or have their roots traced to the ruling party Peoples Democratic Party(PDP).

Mr. Ologunde who was a guest on Sunrise Daily, said the emergence of APC as a merger political party described the APC as party with a difference from the conventional political parties, because it tends to achieve more and better than with its synergy as stakeholders from the merged parties come on board with different party backgrounds, ideas which will come in useful in decision-making for a better Nigeria.

“There are a lot of things that are new, there is this synergy that produces greater effect, greater energy and what that means is that it will be ACN doing things the way it was known as ACN, CPC doing its own, ANPP doing its own

“We are not talking of gurus from three different political parties that have been individually identified as opposition parties, coming together to put together their thoughts, synthesizing their advantages and then learning from their weaknesses to present a more formidable organisation”

He however implored Nigerians not to make any meaning out of aspersions casted by the ruling party at the APC, because the sole purpose of a merger between the strong oppositions ACN, CPC and ANPP, in Nigeria was to give Nigerians a voice and better their lives as well.

“I want to assure Nigerians that each time a PDP man goes on air like it happened yesterday, where the president said there was going to be bla,bla,bla for 2015 elections, it’s not to be taken as a threat, because such things are never objective analysis of the situation

” When all these forces, the previous political parties, came together and decided to work together, for the betterment of the generality of Nigerians, we are going to see with the emergence of APC that has already come on board, stronger, more potent, more forceful and more aggressive than the previous opposition parties”

There Is No Party, Registered Or Not That Is A Threat to PDP– Isuwa

A political scientist, Isuwa Dogo has assured that the PDP is not threatened at all by any party either registered or yet to be registered by the INEC as ‘the PDP is a well-organised, focused, balanced, articulate and conscientious party in every aspect and every department of it’ hence, the non-response to some issues raised by oppositions.

A member of the ruling party PDP who was a guest on Sunrise Daily while discussing political issues surrounding the 2015 elections,Mr Isuwa boastfully refuted claims, that the ruling party is worried about being castigated for not being responsive to issues around the country, saying that the Peoples’ Democratic Party has always been very focused on developments, as it is part of the party’s major concerns and it is also reflecting on every sector of the economy except in non-PDP states.

“The PDP has never lost focus on in its concerns for developments; the newspapers are filled with decisions taken on daily on several aspects of the economy, power sector, roads, education sector

“For the fact that people have already given in to the aspect, that every single thing that has been done by a ruling party has to be criticised justly or unjustly, is not something the PDP is worried about”

The politician took a swipe at the APC-led states in terms of actualising the agendas stated in their manifestos before mounting seats of power in the states, in a case of the ‘kettle calling pot black’, where he analysed that the PDP states do better than the APC –led states, but the opposition still get to condemn the ruling party for non-development and developmental strategies in their respective states and the central government.

“The Nigerian people know that a lot of the things they are saying (APC), they don’t even believe in them, they can’t even do them, they don’t even know them, they don’t even have the slightest idea on how  to get along to do them

“And we can see that in the states that control (APC), there is nothing to demonstrate what they accused the PDP of doing or not doing, that they have perfected it”.

He further compared PDP and APC states in terms of infrastructure development, where in his argument the PDP toppled the APC, while backing less-performing PDP states when taken up on the PDP states not performing.

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PDP Is Used To Issues Of New Parties– Aderemi

Segun Aderemi of the National Coalition for Good Governance says the PDP is already used to the emergence of new parties in Nigeria’s political arena and these new parties is posing no threat to anyone.

Speaking on the 2015 elections and emergence of new parties, specifically on the APC, on sunrise Daily, Aderemi stated that most of the politicians that formed these parties are offspring of the ruling party the PDP.

‘The issue of new parties coming is a thing we are used to’ as he hinted that the ruling PDP which is now 14 years.

‘PDP is a party that cuts across not just only in Nigeria’.

Commending the move by the INEC in registering new parties ahead of the 2015 elections, Aderemi said it will only boost Nigeria’s democracy, and the ruling is not worried by it.

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Politician Says PDP Unperturbed By Emergence Of Political Parties

A former Minister of Agriculture in Imo State and staunch PDP Member, Longiers Anyanwu has declared that the ruling party PDP is not in any way worried about the new political parties ahead of the 2015 elections, because the PDP is only concerned about the wellbeing of Nigerians and good governance of the nation.

Mr Longiers, who was a guest on Sunrise Daily, the breakfast programme on Channels Television however stated that a repeat of happenings in 2003,2006 and 2007 is about unfolding in 2013 where some people form emergency parties with shabby agendas, with the aim of ‘uproot’ the ruling party PDP from power, but that move never worked for the perpetrators.

Reacting to the recent change in the political arena of the country, that is, the registration of two new parties ID and PDM, and also in particular, the merger party, APC, which has vowed to reshape the politics in Nigeria, the former minister said PDP has no scores to settle with any party, therefore the registered parties are welcome unto the political fold if, they are in it for the benefit of Nigeria.

“We are not threatened by any form of entry, I want to assure you that PDP has been on ground for 14 years, sustaining its core values, promoting peace, ensuring that the territorial integrity of this country is protected, which are the cardinal values of our party

“It is strange today that we are experiencing the entrance of political parties that declare itself before the crafting of their manifestos, it is amazing that a party can emerge without clear cut dimension, without clear-cut ideological base, only to come out and attack the president and the chairman of our party without any agenda recklessly to cause aspersion on the existing political party”

Mr Longiers however stated that despite the PDP welcoming these parties with ‘constructive criticism’ the ruling party will no longer tolerate the unnecessary distractions, overheating of the polity as it is not fair on the party.

Politicians In Nigeria Are Power Mongers– Lawyer

“Nigerians are not getting the best of politicians and political leaders as the mind-sets of those in positions and those seeking positions is not to serve but to become power mongers.”

These were the words of a legal practitioner, Jiti Ogunye, who discussed Nigerian politics, the emergence of new parties, deregistration and mergers of political parties, on ‘Sunrise Daily.’

Describing the political atmosphere as a game of Chess, he said “They are not giving Nigerians; a lot of options, I think what’s going are just ‘political calculation’, Chess game and this is not the first time it’s happening”

The legal practitioner hinted that the politics that our leaders and office seekers play is not in the interest of making Nigeria better but for their selfish interests and in order to achieve this, they gallivant amongst the political parties in the country seeking a suitable platform where they achieve their aims, making it a ‘do or die’ affair to man political offices.

“What’s paramount on the minds of many politicians in Nigeria is not service, they’re power mongers, and sometimes I wonder whether some marabouts or some spiritualists or pastors had told them they will be president in their lifetime or they will be governor”

“What they do is that they run across parties just hunting for platform,” he added.

Mr. Jiti cited the Ondo governor, Olusegun Mimiko who moved from AD (Action for Democracy) to PDP (Peoples Democratic Party) then LP (Labour Party) where he contested for the governorship position, then Ogun governor Ibikunle Amosun who move from PDP to ANPP and now ACN where he also became a governor as in instance of cross-carpeting.

He however juxtaposed the recent political scenario with the days of Action Group (AG) where according to him Rewane was a member for a long time and never sought political office.

NDDC Builds Accommodation In Port Harcourt Army Barracks

Determined to fulfil its mandate, the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has built and completed a 30-block of flats, for the II Brigade Nigeria Army, Port Harcourt barracks.

While commending the Niger Delta Development Commission, (NDDC) for the completion of the 30 blocks of flat the chief of army staff, Lt. Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika said the people –oriented project is completely in line with his vision to build force that can confront contemporary challenges.

It would be recalled that there were complaints in January this year by Army personnel on the lack of accommodation for its personnel which became a major challenge in its effort at providing security for Nigerians in Rivers State.

The Commander of the 2 Brigade, made the remark during the commissioning of a Garrison Standby Hall and a Mess Chalet for officers.

The Army decided to collaborate with the Rivers state government, agencies and companies to build more accommodation for soldiers in the barracks.

According to the II Brigade Commander, five blocks of ten flats each will be constructed by the Rivers State government to support the constructing of a block of 30 flats each by the NDDC and contracts have been awarded also for the renovation of five officers’ quarters; three blocks of 20 rooms each as well as the renovation of the warrant officers and sergeant mess.

Nigeria And Cote d’Ivoire Sign Bi-National Commission Agreement

The Federal Government of Nigeria and government of Cote d’Ivoire have signed a bi-national commission framework agreement paving the way for both countries to clearly define priorities and goals towards achieving meaningful and sustainable economic, social and political relations.

According to the Vice-President, Namadi Sambo, who signed the joint commission agreement on behalf of the federal government, the establishment of the bi-national commission should be seen as partnership that will bring further benefits not only to the ECOWAS sub-region but to Africa as a whole.

It would be recalled that President Goodluck Jonathan signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) establishing the bi-national commission (BNC) during his state visit to Cote d’Ivoire in March, 2013, which he said is in recognition of close ties that the countries have enjoyed.

He noted that Nigeria and Cote d’Ivoire share a long history of excellent relationship that predates ECOWAS as both countries are now important members of ECOWAS, African Union (AU) and the United Nations (UN) also playing significant roles at the sub-regional, regional and international platforms.

Taraba:Sacked Commissioners Are Heartless And Shameless– Coordinator

The Coordinator of the Concerned Citizens of Taraba; Mohammed Bello Mustapha has debunked claims by the commissioners sacked by the deputy governor who now is the acting governor of the state over the mismanagement of the flood disaster fund given to Taraba state by federal government earlier in the year that they were sacked unjustly as the said flood disaster fund was disbursed judiciously.

Mustapha who was a guest on our morning show ‘Sunrise Daily’ said the commissioners couldn’t come up with a defence when called upon to come and explain how the fund was used.

“They were not wrongly sacked because they were given the opportunity to defend themselves, their right to fair hearing was not trampled upon, they were given the chance, they were invited to make presentation by the last Taraba state House of Assembly before the present leadership

They were all there and they made their presentations, and when the new administration came on board (the new speaker), the issue was taken from where the preceding leadership stopped, so its not a new thing”

Mustapha said the sacked commissioners should have some shame, labelling them  as ‘Heartless’ because they were placed in charge of a fund meant to alleviate the sufferings of the flood victims of Taraba state but unfortunately, they have showed that they do not have the interest of the people of Taraba at heart.

The flood disaster fund that was disbursed to some states came about when some states in the federation suffered so much loss due to natural disaster that destroyed homes, farms and several other properties runing into millions belonging individuals.

And in response, the federal government decided to compensate these states and decided to release funds to help victims of the flood. The states were categorised into A,B and C depending on the level of damage suffered.

Taraba state whose fund is now creating a buzz, was placed under category A, receiving N400m flood disastr fund from the federal government.

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Constitution Review: Senate Throws Out 6-Year Single Tenure, Autonomy For Local Councils

The Senate has thrown out the proposal of a six-year single tenure for the president and state governors.

It was not a surprising decision as the debate last week showed which way the lawmakers would swing.

On resumption of plenary this week, the lawmakers engaged in a clause by clause vote of areas for review in the 1999 constitution, an engagement which lasted for almost five hours.

They however adopted clause 9 of the draft bill which empowers the national assembly to make an entirely new constitution for the country.

They also adopted section 3a of the draft which rejects the president’s assent on the amended constitution before taking effect.

However, the lawmakers rejected autonomy for local governments, a move that comes across as surprising because many lawmakers during the constitutional review debate last week appeared to be favourably disposed to autonomy for local governments as 59 lawmakers voted for local government autonomy, while 38 voted against bearing in mind that 73 votes are needed for any clause to be passed.

The Senators also rejected the inclusion of the Attorney General of the Federation for first line charge and the separation of the office of the attorney general from the minister of justice.

In a vote that was taken twice, the lawmakers voted against the removal of prisons from the exclusive list.

The senators also endorsed life pension for the president and deputy president of the senate as well as the speaker and deputy speaker of the House of Representatives.

The recommendation that a bill automatically becomes law if the president fails to assent to it after 30 days of transmission was also approved.

However clause 4 of the bill caused controversy on the floor of the senate.

The committee recommended alteration of section 29 of the constitution that deals with the manner of renunciation of citizenship.

The constitution states that full age means eighteen years and above and the committee proposed a removal of part b of the clause which states that any woman that is married shall be deemed to be of full age.