Biden 'robocall' advises voters skip New Hampshire primary election

Occurred: January 2024

An AI-powered spoof robocall falsely depicted President Joe Biden discouraging participation in the US’ New Hampshire primary and urging voters ‘save’ their vote for the November 2024 US Presidential Election.

A multistate investigation later revealed that the robocall had been commissioned by Steve Kramer, a Texas-based political consultant working for rival candidate Dean Philips. Kramer claimed the robocall was an act of civil disobedience calling attention to the dangers of AI in politics.

Audio experts concluded the call was made using ElevenLabs. In response to the incident, ElevenLabs CEO Mati Staniszewski stated that the company was 'dedicated to preventing the misuse of audio AI tools,' and said it would launch an investigation into misuse of their voice replication software.

The League of Woman Voters subsequently sued Kramer on behalf of three impacted US voters. 

Operator: Steve Kramer
Developer: ElevenLabs
Country: USA
Sector: Politics
Purpose: Manipulate public ppinion, Election interference
Technology: Text-to-speech; Machine learning
Issue: Mis/disinformation
Transparency: Governance

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Type: Incident
Published: April 2024