Deepfake Anchors and Gag Orders
Some notes & quotes from recent reads:
“We are now interviewing the only survivor in the recent school shooting: TikToker Krishna Sahay,” CBS News anchor Anne-Marie Green appears to say at the top of the news segment.
“That must have been absolutely traumatizing,” an interviewer in another video says to Sahay. “What was going through everyone’s head?”
Sahay pauses, before responding: “Bullets, duh!”
In another apparent news segment on the school shooting, this time from CNN, an interviewer asks Sahay: “How’d you live through that? You were reading a magazine or something during the shooting?”
“Reading?” Sahay replies about the magazine. “I was emptying one!”
This week, a real video of CNN correspondent Clarissa Ward ducking for cover from rockets near the Israel-Gaza border went viral with fake audio undermining her reporting. Earlier this month, an AI-generated clip of CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King, promoting a product she’d never used or even heard of, was circulating online. A deepfake of CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, stating that former president Donald Trump was “ripping us a new asshole,” also recently went viral after Trump and his son shared it on Truth Social and Twitter. And Sahay’s purported news broadcasts—which helped him amass an audience of millions—have included more than a dozen prominent anchors from a range of TV networks who deliver problematic commentary and interview the creator as he mocks school shootings, the September 11 terrorist attacks, rape victims and others harmed by criminals.
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