Incident 487: Deepfake Video Featured Fictitious News Anchors Discussing Venezuela's Economy

Description: Video featuring fictitious news anchors was created using Synthesia to allegedly spread disinformation about Venezuela's economy on social media and Venezuelan state-run broadcast.


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Alleged: Synthesia developed an AI system deployed by unknown, which harmed Venezuelan people and social media users.

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Khoa Lam
Tweet: @cazamosfakenews · 2023

❗ Manipulación con uso de IA: "No lo dice Venezolana de Televisión, no lo dice este servidor..." Es un avatar creado con Inteligencia Artificial el que habla sobre supuesto impacto de la Serie del Caribe en 🇻🇪, NO un medio de comunicación…

They’re not TV anchors, they’re avatars: How Venezuela is using AI-generated propaganda · 2023

A blond-haired man introduces a news story for House of News, an alleged newscast in which an English-speaking anchor attempts to demonstrate that Venezuela’s economy is not “really destroyed” as many claim, because hotel occupancy for the …

Deepfake ‘news’ videos ramp up misinformation in Venezuela · 2023

As Venezuela prepared for carnival season last month, an English-language video was published on the "House of News" YouTube channel. Its presenter Noah lauded an alleged tourism boom as millions of citizens flocked to the country's Caribbe…


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