Occurred: March 2023
Students at Carmel High School, USA, made deepfake videos of a nearby school principal and law enforcement officer shouting racist slurs and threatening to kill Black students.
In one video, John Piscitella, the principal of nearby George Fisher Middle School, rants 'I f*cking hate Black kids. Like these stupid f*cking n***er monkey parents need to stop sending them here. Get them the f**k out, all of them.'
The incident alarmed and angered parents, who alleged the school had not taken the threats in the videos seriously and had failed to inform them properly. It also highlighted the lack of adequate legislation to handle malicious deepfake impersonations at federal and state levels in the USA.
The parents said they would file a lawsuit against the school authorities over the incident.
Purpose: Damage reputation
Technology: Deepfake - audio, video; Generative adversarial network (GAN); Neural network; Deep learning; Machine learning
Issue: Legality; Mis/disinformation; Safety
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Published: November 2023