Incident 486: AI Video-Making Tool Abused to Deploy Pro-China News on Social Media

Description: Synthesia's AI-generated video-making tool was reportedly used by Spamouflage to disseminate pro-China propaganda news on social media using videos featuring highly realistic fictitious news anchors.


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Alleged: Synthesia developed an AI system deployed by Spamouflage Dragon, which harmed Synthesia , YouTube users , Twitter Users and Facebook users.

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The People Onscreen Are Fake. The Disinformation Is Real. · 2023

In one video, a news anchor with perfectly combed dark hair and a stubbly beard outlined what he saw as the United States’ shameful lack of action against gun violence.

In another video, a female news anchor heralded China’s role in geopoli…

Deepfake It Till You Make It · 2023

Pro-Chinese Actors Promote AI-Generated Video Footage of Fictitious People in Online Influence Operation

  • In late 2022, Graphika observed limited instances of Spamouflage, a pro-Chinese influence operation (IO), promoting content that inclu…
Research: Deepfake 'News Anchors' in Pro-China Footage · 2023

Washington — The "news broadcasters" appear stunningly real, but they are AI-generated deepfakes in first-of-their-kind propaganda videos that a research report published Tuesday attributed to Chinese state-aligned actors.

The fake anchors …

Deepfake newsreaders pump out pro-China news · 2023

A British company's AI technology has been hijacked to create a pro-Chinese news channel featuring a pair of computer-generated presenters.

Wolf News had been building a profile on social media but was exposed this month as being linked to …

Deepfakes and Disinformation Pose a Growing Threat in Asia · 2023

Recent news on the use of computer-generated avatars by a pro-China influence campaign has once again aimed a spotlight at the usage of deepfakes. The influence campaign was first observed by intelligence company Graphika in late 2022. Vide…


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