Khaled Almaeena honored at Arab News International Media Gala

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Veteran Saudi journalist Khaled Almaeena
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Guests take a look at Arab News souvenir edition.
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Updated 20 April 2019
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Khaled Almaeena honored at Arab News International Media Gala

  • Almaeena received a lifetime achievement award
  • He has held a broad range of positions in Saudi media for almost 30 years

DUBAI: Veteran Saudi journalist Khaled Almaeena received a lifetime achievement award on Tuesday at the second International Media Gala (IMG), organized by Arab News in Dubai.
The event coincided with the first day of the Arab Media Forum.
Khaled Almaeena served as editor in chief of Arab News twice — between 1982 and 1993, and again between 1998 and 2011 — and in November 2016 was given the honorary title of “editor emeritus.”
He has held a broad range of positions in Saudi media for almost 30 years, including the editorship of Saudi Gazette newspaper, CEO of a PR company, TV anchor, talk show host and radio announcer. Early on in his career, Almaeena held a series of senior positions at Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia).
Arab News’ current Editor in Chief Faisal J. Abbas presented the award on behalf of SRMG Chairman Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan to Almaeena in recognition of his achievements in the field of media.
It is the second such award to be delivered, with Othman Al-Omeir — former editor in chief of the Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper and founder of Elaph, the Arab world’s first online newspaper — being honored at the event a year ago.
Khaled Almaeena, 63, was dubbed the “People’s Editor” during his tenure at Arab News.
Under Almaeena’s watch, the paper developed strong ties with its readers, sometimes fighting causes on their behalf — including cases where people were wrongly sent to jail.
“It was a 24-hour job,” the former editor said in an interview last year. “People would come to my house, saying that their sponsor hadn’t paid their money (or) the police had done this or that.”
Almaeena is now managing partner of Quartz, a communications company, and a director at Abeer Medical Group.


Facebook CEO says delay in flagging fake Pelosi video was ‘execution mistake’

Updated 27 June 2019
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Facebook CEO says delay in flagging fake Pelosi video was ‘execution mistake’

  • The video, a type of realistic alteration known as a “deepfake,” was slowed to make Pelosi’s speech seem slurred and edited to make it appear that she repeatedly stumbled over her words

Facebook Inc. Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday said his social media company took too long to flag as false an altered video of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that appeared to show the Democratic Representative slurring and tripping through a speech.
Zuckerberg, speaking at a conference in Aspen, Colorado, said the slow response was “an execution mistake on our side.”
The video, a type of realistic alteration known as a “deepfake,” was slowed to make Pelosi’s speech seem slurred and edited to make it appear that she repeatedly stumbled over her words. After the video surfaced last month, it was widely shared on Facebook, Twitter and Alphabet Inc’s YouTube.
YouTube took down the video, citing policy violations, but Facebook did not remove the clip, only limiting its distribution and telling users trying to share it that it might be misleading.
“It took a while for our system to flag the video and for our fact checkers to rate it as false... and during that time it got more distribution than our policies should have allowed,” Zuckerberg said.
Pelosi criticized Facebook’s refusal to remove the video and said the incident had convinced her the company knowingly enabled Russian election interference.
Misinformation through altered videos is a rising concern in the run-up to the 2020 US presidential election, especially as artificial intelligence (AI) is now being used to produce clips that look genuine and realistically appear to show people saying words they have not spoken. The term “deepfake” is a combination of “deep learning” and “fake.”
After the Pelosi video, Zuckerberg himself was portrayed in a spoof deepfake video on Instagram in which he appears to say “whoever controls the data, controls the future.” Facebook, which owns Instagram, did not to take down the video.
Zuckerberg said Facebook is considering developing a specific policy on deepfakes.
“This is a little bit of sausage making here because we are going through the policy process of thinking through what the deepfake policy should be,” he said. “This is certainly an important area as the AI technology gets better.”