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House to Dig Into Deepfakes

The House Energy & Commerce Committee Consumer Protection Subcommittee will hold a hearing Jan. 8 on "deception online," "Americans at Risk: Manipulation and Deception in the Digital Age." 

Among the topics for discussion will be deepfakes and disinformation campaigns. 

“As the internet has matured from a blogging platform to the engine that powers our economy, bad actors who seek to manipulate consumers have become more sophisticated," said House E&C chairman Frank Pallone (D-N.J.). 

No witnesses have been announced, but they will be asked to provide input on how to combat "harmful" deception and manipulation. 

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.