Incident 649: Deepfake Audio Falsely Attributes Controversial Remarks to Keir Starmer About the Rochdale Azhar Ali Crisis

Description: A deepfake audio clip, falsely claiming to be Keir Starmer discussing the Rochdale byelection and Labour's withdrawl of support for Azhar Ali, circulated online, achieving over 250,000 views. Experts confirmed its inauthenticity, highlighting a significant misuse of AI in fabricating political content.


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Alleged: unknown developed an AI system deployed by Various social media accounts, which harmed General public , British voters , British Labour Party , Keir Starmer and Democracy.

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Daniel Atherton
Analysis reveals high probability of Starmer’s audio on Rochdale to be a deepfake · 2024

A voice recording of what some claim to be U.K. Labour Party leader Keir Starmer is circulating on social media. 

“BREAKING: A behind-the-scenes corridor recording of Starmer about the Rochdale Azhar Ali crisis has been leaked,” reads th…


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