The disturbing truth behind The Capture and real life deepfakes

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The Capture film still
The dystopian technology used in the plot of The Capture is not far from reality Credit:  Nick Wall

Imagine watching CCTV footage of a man kidnapping his female companion and stuffing her into his car. Would you have any reason to doubt the video is real?

That's the conundrum facing viewers of BBC One's hit surveillance thriller The Capture, which follows soldier Shaun Emery after he is accused of a crime based on damning video footage doctored by the secret services.

The Capture's plot may seem fanciful, but the technology described in the series is available today – and its potential is terrifying.  

Deepfakes have existed for years, allowing people to modify videos and photos to create footage that makes it appear as if someone is doing, or saying, things that they have made up.


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