On Wednesday, Meta, the parent company of Facebook, took down a deepfake video depicting Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy making a statement that he never made, urging Ukrainians to “lay down guns,” which was posted on the social media platform.
According to Sky News, the deepfake appears to have been broadcast for the first time on a Ukrainian news website for TV24 following an alleged hack, which was initially reported on Wednesday. An edited Zelenskyy is seen speaking behind a podium, stating that Ukraine has “chosen to restore Donbas” to Russia and that his country’s military efforts have been in vain.
In the video, Zelenskyy’s head is comically larger than it would be in real life, and his surrounding body is more pixelated than it would be in real life. In addition, the fake voice is far deeper than his true voice.
Nathaniel Gleicher, Meta’s head of security policy, sent out a series of tweets on Wednesday informing users that the video had been deleted from the company’s websites and applications. We discovered and destroyed a deepfake video earlier today that purported to depict President Zelensky giving a remark that he never made. According to Gleicher, the malware first surfaced on a supposedly compromised website before spreading around the internet.
Ukrainian authorities released a statement earlier this month cautioning soldiers and citizens to exercise caution when they come across footage of Zelenskyy on the internet, particularly if he appears to be declaring a surrender to the Russian assault. According to the Ukrainian Center for Strategic Communications, the Russian government will most likely utilise deepfakes to persuade Ukrainians to surrender, according to the statement.
We identified and removed a fabricated video purporting to show President Zelensky making a public statement that he never made, according to our teams.
It is nearly impossible to tell the difference between videos created using such technology and authentic video footage. Please be warned that this is a hoax! According to the statement, “His purpose is to disorient and create fear among our civilians, as well as provoke our troops to retreat.” “Relax, Ukraine will not submit!” said the president.
After the deepfake video began to circulate on the internet, Zelenskyy sent a video to his official Instagram account in which he debunked the video’s authenticity. According to him, “as for the newest infantile provocation involving the suggestion to lay down guns,” he merely recommends that the servicemen of the Russian Federation lay down their weapons and return home. “We are at home, protecting the country of Ukraine.