deep·​fake | \ ˈdēp-ˌfāk How to pronounce deepfake (audio) \
plural deepfakes

Definition of deepfake

: an image or recording that has been convincingly altered and manipulated to misrepresent someone as doing or saying something that was not actually done or said Two artists and an advertising company created a deepfake of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg saying things he never said, and uploaded it to Instagram.— Samantha Cole No law regulates deepfakes, though some legal and technical experts have recommended adapting current laws covering libel, defamation, identity fraud or impersonating a government official. But concerns of overregulation abound: The dividing line between a parody protected by the First Amendment and deepfake political propaganda may not always be clear-cut.— Drew Harwell With Mueller warning of future election meddling, [Representative Adam] Schiff said that one of his biggest concerns for future campaigns was the development of deepfake technology—the ability to manipulate videos or audio to change what a person appears to have said. 'How do we prepare against the late distribution of a fraudulent video?' Schiff said.— Elias Groll and Amy Mackinnon

First Known Use of deepfake

2018, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for deepfake

deep entry 1 (as in deep learning "machine learning using artificial neural networks with multiple layers of algorithms") + fake entry 2

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“Deepfake.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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