Deepfakes were used in the war between Russia and Ukraine to misrepresent Vladimir Putin fans declaring peace and Volodymr Zelensky asking soldiers to surrender their weapons
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Ukrainians have been warned that Russia is preparing to release another “deepfake” video of their heroic President.
The official account of the Ukrainian Parliament says the Kremlin plans to shoot a video of Volodymyr Zelensky to show that he is destroying several Ukrainian cities.
They said the leader would appear to be slandering the destroyed port city of Mariupol, where at least 10,000 civilians were massacred by Russian troops.
Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada account tweeted: “WARNING Russia plans to launch a new in-depth contact with President @ZelenskyyUa.
“In a fictitious statement, the president is expected to express his ‘negative attitude towards Ukrainian cities, especially towards #Mariupol ‘, according to the Center for Information Security. #StopPutin “.
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Deepfakes or ‘deep spoofing’ is a term used to describe videos or audio recordings that are fed into an artificial intelligence system and altered to its original state.
The end result is videos that are so convincing that it can make people think they’re real.
New technology has been deployed in the war between Russia and Ukraine since Vladimir Putin ordered the military to invade in late February.
Putin was the first to appear in a poignant Twitter post last month, showing the aggressor declaring peace before it was quickly brought down.
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Shortly after President Zelensky’s poignant post asking the Ukrainians to surrender their weapons was posted and deleted from Meta’s Youtube and Facebook.
The clip of Zelensky was also broadcast via a live program of Ukraine’s Ukrayina 24 network. The station later claimed to have been attacked.
Ukraine’s Center for Strategic Communications warned that Russia could use manipulated videos to distract and provide disinformation to the public and the military.
But Zelensky’s footage – which shows him making an address from behind the podium – is so raw that it was quickly stripped down and ridiculed for its amateurishness.
Although Mr Zelensky called the provocation “childish play”, experts warn future efforts could be more complicated.
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