Donald Trump joins RT as anchor deepfake

Occurred: September 2020

A deepfake video advert of then US president Donald Trump working after the 2020 US presidential elections for Russian government-funded broadcaster RT (formerly Russia Today) reinforced rumours that he was Vladimir Putin's stooge and that Russia had been interfering in US politics.

The video interperses real clips of Trump denigrating CNN and lavishing praise on 'amazing' Russia with deepfake versions of him holding up a RT contract for USD 1,000,000,000 and saying 'It was a very nice offer from President Putin,' and singing Russian rock song 'Peremen', which had been adopted by anti-government protestors in Belarus. 

The video was published by RT at the same time as The Washington Post reported that the CIA believed Putin tried to undermine Joe Biden's candidacy in a bid to help Trump secure re-election.

Operator: RT News
Developer: RT News

Country: USA; Russia

Sector: Politics

Purpose: Satirise/parody

Technology: Deepfake - image; Generative adversarial network (GAN); Neural network; Deep learning; Machine learning
Issue: Mis/disinformation; Ethics


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