July 16, 2024
AI Deepfakes Mislead Voters and Politicians

AI Deepfakes Mislead Voters and Politicians

Over the weekend of Jan. 20-21, citizens in New Hampshire received robo-calls, seemingly featuring the voice of U.S. President Joe Biden, urging them not to vote in the Jan. 23 primary. The calls, believed to be generated by an artificial intelligence (AI) deepfake tool, aim to interfere with the 2024 presidential election. New Hampshire’s attorney general’s office denounced the calls as misinformation, advising voters to disregard the content.

“Voting this Tuesday only enables the Republicans in their quest to elect Donald Trump again. Your vote makes a difference in November, not this Tuesday.”

Former president Donald Trump’s spokesperson denied any involvement from the GOP candidate or his campaign. The source of the robocalls remains unidentified, and investigations are ongoing.

In a related incident, a political scandal unfolded involving deepfake audio on Jan. 21. AI-generated audio mimicking Manhattan democrat leader Keith Wright surfaced, featuring an imitation of Wright disparaging fellow democrat assembly member Inez Dickens. Although some dismissed the audio as fake, at least one political insider was briefly convinced of its authenticity.

Manhattan Democrat and ex-City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito informed Politico that initially, they considered the counterfeit items to be credible.

“I was like ‘oh shit.’ I thought it was real.”

Experts suggest that bad actors prefer audio deepfakes over video, as consumers tend to be more discerning with visual content. Detection or deterrence methods for deepfakes are not universally established. Caution is advised when engaging with media from unknown or dubious sources, particularly when extraordinary claims are made.

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