Incident 201: Climate Action Group Posted Deepfake of Belgian Prime Minister Urging Climate Crisis Action

Description: A deepfake video showing the Belgium’s prime minister speaking of an urgent need to tackle the climate crises was released by a climate action group.


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Alleged: unknown developed an AI system deployed by Extinction Rebellion Belgium, which harmed Shophie Wilmès and Belgian government.

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Sean McGregor, Khoa Lam
XR Belgium posts deepfake of Belgian premier linking Covid-19 with climate crisis · 2020

A deepfake video showing Belgium’s prime minister speaking of an urgent need to tackle the economic and climate crises has been put into circulation by Extinction Rebellion Belgium.

Published on Tuesday, the video is a modification of a pre…

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