No, deepfake videos and images can’t unlock your smartphone

Published July 7, 2022


VERIFY interviewed Siwei Lyu, SUNY Empire Innovation Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and director of the UB Media Forensic Lab, for an article that fact checks the false claim that deepfake videos and images can be used to unlock smartphones and other devices that use facial recognition.

“What the [deepfake] algorithm cannot do is create a 3D presence. And that is what is used for unlocking an iPhone,” said Lyu. “That three-dimensional information is what the fake algorithm currently cannot recreate.”

More than 35 news outlets republished the article. Read the story here.