Beware the Textfake

Textfakes, Deepfakes, and the Power of Context

“I’m going to the grocery store asap,” my friend texted me a few weeks ago, at the peak of the confusion around COVID-19 in the US. He’d heard word from a friend of a friend that President Trump was going to declare a nationwide quarantine. The text came through with urgency and authority — the President was going to invoke the Stafford Act, the…