Deep fakes are a growing concern in the world of digital media and some fear the technology will consistently be used for malicious purposes, such as creating false news stories, spreading false information, and even creating conspiracy theories. This poses a serious threat to our society, as it is becoming increasingly difficult to distinguish between real and fake content.
A deep fake audio clip of President Joe Biden discussing the U.S. economy is being circulated online, causing many conspiracy theorists to claim that it’s genuine due to the recent bank failures.
In the video, the Biden deep fake can be heard warning that “a collapse is imminent” and that “all the money is gone.”
He then further recommends that the power of media be leveraged to make people believe they are safe.
So, how do we know it’s fake?
Experts easily noticed irregular speech patterns and signs of manipulation.
Hafiz Malik, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Michigan, Dearborn, told the Associated Press that audio lacks background noise and is at an unnatural pitch.
“It is not matching with like a natural produced audio at all,” Malik said.
Hany Farid, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, said “the cadence of the speech is highly regular, consistent with synthetically-generated speech and atypical of natural speech.”
White House spokesperson Michael Kikukawa confirmed to the Associated Press that the audio was fake.
The video is below.
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