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Deepfakes Trying to Change the Course of War

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Image from a deepfake video of Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky.

In a heavily doctored deepfake clip, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky appears to tell his countrymen to surrender to Russia.

Credit: The New York Post

Deepfake videos, including doctored appeals by Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky and Russian President Vladimir Putin, are being used to manipulate the course of the war in Ukraine.

Experts cite them as examples of how quickly disinformation can spread, and their growing presence further blurs the line between fact and fiction.

They say deepfakes' use as tools to influence people during a war is especially insidious, because the confusion they inflict can be catastrophic.

"When people really can't think very rationally and they only have a very truly short span of attention, and they see something like this, that's when it becomes a problem," explained the University at Albany's Siwei Lyu.

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