Deepfake Joe Biden threatens to defund US police
Occurred: August 2020
A video shared by US Republican Congressman Steve Scalise of US President candidate Joe Biden apparently threatening to defund the police in a discussion with healthcare activist Ady Barkan has been debunked as a deepfake.
The video was found to have been manipulated by splicing in the words 'for police' during a quote from Barkan from an original video of an interview between Barkan and Joe Biden that was published by NowThis News.
The incident was one in a number of deepfakes released during the 2020 US Presidential election that were seen likely to jeopardise US political processes and democracy.
Operator: Steve Scalise
Developer: Steve Scalise
Purpose: Damage reputation
Technology: Deepfake - video, audio; Generative adversarial network (GAN); Neural network; Deep learning; Machine learning
Transparency: Governance; Marketing
Published: August 2023