Incident 547: Ron DeSantis's Presidential Campaign Released Twitter Video Containing AI Images of Donald Trump Hugging Anthony Fauci

Description: Ron DeSantis’s presidential campaign shared a video on Twitter featuring some AI-generated images of Donald Trump hugging former White House coronavirus advisor Anthony Fauci, allegedly as a smear campaign. This incident is possibly the first time a major U.S. presidential campaign deployed deepfakes with the intention of misleading the electorate.


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Alleged: unknown developed an AI system deployed by Ron DeSantis's presidential campaign, which harmed Donald Trump and Anthony Fauci.

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Khoa Lam, Daniel Atherton
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