Malaysia minister discourages Singaporean visits deepfake

Occurred: June 2020

Malaysia Senior Minister and Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaako claimed he had been victim of a deepfake which alleged that he did not welcome Singaporeans to Malaysia. 

A doctored video showed Sabri reputedly saying that Singaporeans should not enter Malaysia to fill up their cars with petrol, have dinner or go shopping.

The incident, which occurred during the COVID-19 pandemic when Malaysia had closed its borders to Singaporeans and other nationals, was rebutted as false by the Malaysia government, and a report filed with the police and the national Communications and Multimedia Commission. It is unclear who was behind the video.

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Operator: Twitter

Country: Malaysia

Sector: Politics

Purpose: Satirise/parody

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

Transparency: Governance; Marketing

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Type: Incident
Published: July 2023