Incident 635: AI-Generated Fake News Targets Black Celebrities on YouTube

Description: YouTube faced a surge of AI-generated fake news targeting Black celebrities, including fake narratives about Sean “Diddy” Combs and others. These videos, blending AI-generated and manipulated media, amassed millions of views, challenging content moderation efforts and highlighting the spread of disinformation.


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Daniel Atherton
Fake news YouTube creators target Black celebrities with AI-generated misinformation · 2024

YouTube videos using a mix of artificial intelligence-generated and manipulated media to create fake content have flooded the platform with salacious disinformation about dozens of Black celebrities, including rapper and record executive Se…


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