Friday, June 14, 2024

‘Cheapfakes’, not deepfakes, spread election lies in India

India’s election was in full swing when hundreds of social media users shared a video that appeared to show Home Minister Amit Shah saying the ruling party wanted to scrap a quota system aimed at undoing centuries of caste discrimination.

The controversial comments caused a brief furore before fact-checkers stepped in and declared the video a fake that had been made using old footage that was doctored with the help of basic editing tools – a so-called cheapfake.

The controversial comments caused a brief furor before fact-checkers stepped in and declared the video a fake that had been made using old footage.

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