In the current age, we can’t even believe videos anymore. Technology has advanced to the point that fakes are made on a regular basis. One such video made the rounds on social media before being banned by all social media platforms.
The 68-second deepfake clip appeared Wednesday on social media platforms, seemingly showing the 44-year-old [Ukranian] leader [Volodymyr Zelensky] saying his tenure as president has “not been easy” while staring intently into a camera.
“I advise you to live, and I’m going to do the same,” the fake footage concludes.
“This is the first one we’ve seen that really got some legs, but I suspect it’s the tip of the iceberg,” University of California-Berkeley professor Hany Farid said. “It pollutes the information ecosystem, and it casts a shadow on all content, which is already dealing with the complex fog of war.”
Farid said it could lead some Ukrainians to not believe what they see when Zelensky goes on television next and ask themselves, “Wait a minute — is this real?”
As for what Zelensky really thinks, it’s not what was presented.
“We are at home and defending Ukraine,” a defiant Zelensky said. “We are not going to lay down any weapons. To our victory.”
The Russians may have something to say about that.