Deepfake news anchor accuses US of Bangladesh election interference

Occurred: 2023

A deepfake audio recording appearing to depict a news anchor criticising the US has been amongst a wave of synthetic disinformation spread in the lead up to the general election in Bangladesh.

A report by the Financial Times indicated that entities aligned with Bangaldesh government had been using a variety of AI tools to craft deepfake videos and fabricate news segments with the aim of influencing public opinion. The content had been circulated by pro-government media outlets. 

The incident underscored the challenges of controlling the use of AI for political purposes.

Developer: HeyGen
Country: Bangladesh
Sector: Politics
Purpose: Manipulate public opinion
Technology: Deepfake - audio, video; Generative adversarial network (GAN); Neural network; Deep learning; Machine learning
Issue: Mis/disinformation
Transparency: Governance