Incident 648: Alleged Deepfake Audio of Imran Khan Calls for Election Boycott, Misleading Pakistan Voters

Description: A purported deepfake audio clip, falsely attributed to Imran Khan urging a PTI (Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf) election boycott, circulated on social media on the eve of Pakistan's general elections. This sophisticated AI-generated misinformation aimed to mislead voters, highlighting the growing challenge of digital manipulation in political discourse.


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Alleged: unknown developed an AI system deployed by Unknown social media accounts, which harmed Voters in Pakistan , Imran Khan , PTI (Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf) and Democracy.

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