Fake Pelosi video sparks fears for campaigns A fake video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) posted to Facebook on Thursday that was edited to make her appear drunk is underscoring a quickly evolving danger for 2020 campaigns.
One cycle after Russia’s interference in the election through hacks and fake posts on social media wreaked havoc, presidential candidates now have to worry about videos doctored by artificial intelligence technologies that can make candidates say things they didn’t say or look completely different.
It was slowed down to make Pelosi appear unwell or potentially drunk, and it still succeeded in fooling many people — at least judged by comment boards.
The video had been viewed more than 2.5 million times as of Friday afternoon. Facebook is refusing to remove the clip, saying it doesn’t violate platform guidelines, though it is not recommending the video in its news feed.
President Trump waded into the controversy, tweeting a clip from Fox News that compiled every time Pelosi stumbled over her words during a recent press conference. The clip included a Fox News commentator saying Pelosi appeared “worn down.” Coupled with remarks by Trump, it at least appeared the president was trying to use the fake video to his advantage to build a narrative that the Speaker “had lost it,” in Trump’s words. But Trump denied knowing about the fake video.
The fake Pelosi video points to a danger that experts have been offering increasing warnings about.
Fabrice Pothier, a senior advisor for the Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity, said foreign actors could use fake videos “to sow distrust and decredibilise their opponents.” Pothier said the Pelosi video is essentially a cheap one, and more advanced fakes are coming. #pelosi #trump #maga #nationalemergency #mueller #bluewave #voteblue #ivoted #trumpisnotabovethelaw #protectmueller #allvotesmatter #draft #trumpshutdown #amateurhour #cbp #nottoday #ndp #nationalembarrassment #barr #muellertime #mybrotherskeeper #chuckshcummer #cummings #michealcohen #wakeupamerica #ditchmitch #greedy #greed #nyc #losangeles