President Biden calls for US draft deepfake

Occurred: February 2023

A video in which US President Joe Biden appeared to call for a military draft was created with AI, according to experts. 

The clip, which was based on a video showing President Biden speaking about the cost of insulin, was first flagged by Meta during the early days of the 2023 Israel-Hamas war, though a longer version had been shared in February 2023 by Conservative activist Jack Posobiec and Canadian website Post Millennial. 

In both videos, Biden appeared to say, 'Invoke the Selective Service Act, as is my authority as President. Remember, you’re not sending your sons and daughters to war. You’re sending them to freedom.' But only the first clip indicated it had been altered using artificial intelligence, saying, 'AI imagines what would happen if Biden declares and activates the Selective Service Act and begins drafting 20 years old to war.'

The video seemed designed to raise fears about US defence policy, and to damage Biden's reputation. A spokesperson for the Selective Service System told USA Today the claim was false and that there had been no discussion of bringing back the draft. 

Country: USA
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; Marketing