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Ranveer Singh lodges FIR after deepfake of him criticising PM Modi goes viral

Ranveer Singh lodges FIR after deepfake of him criticising PM Modi goes viral

The actor's interview was manipulated to make it seem like he was endorsing the Congress party and calling out Modi for unemployment and inflation.
22 Apr, 2024

Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh has lodged an FIR against an account spreading an AI-generated deepfake video of him endorsing a political party.

According to NDTV, the video, which manipulated real footage from an interview with the news agency ANI, falsely depicts Singh criticising Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on issues such as unemployment and inflation.

The altered video concludes with a message urging viewers to vote for the Congress party. Singh responded to the controversy on his Instagram stories, cautioning his followers by stating, “Deepfake se bacho doston [Friends, beware of deepfakes].”

The actor’s legal team confirmed to ANI that an FIR has been registered and an investigation is currently underway. “Yes, we have filed the police complaint and an FIR has been lodged against the handle that was promoting the AI-generated deepfake video of Ranveer Singh,” a spokesperson for the actor said.

Singh’s deepfake comes hot on the heels of actor Aamir Khan’s deepfake also being used to endorse a political party.

Responding to the controversy, Khan’s spokesperson had stated, “Aamir Khan has never endorsed any political party throughout his 35-year career. He has dedicated his efforts to raising awareness through Election Commission public awareness campaigns for many past elections.”

This misuse of Khan and Singh’s images and voices through AI has raised concerns about the use of such technology during elections.

Deepfakes have become a global concern, with instances reported in the United States about it being used to create misleading political content. Experts warn that such content can have significant implications on public opinion and electoral processes.

As AI becomes more sophisticated, the challenge of identifying and regulating deepfakes becomes increasingly difficult. These incidents involving high-profile Bollywood actors underscore the urgent need for comprehensive legal and technological strategies to combat the misuse of such technologies.

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NYS Apr 22, 2024 02:56pm
Many more to come by this deepfake via AI tech how many people will clarify the aunthaticity
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MG Apr 22, 2024 04:20pm
Due to certainty of failure, congress is frustrated and doing all this non-sense. This will fireback and make to lose few seats more. Congress may have to settle for around 30 seats this time.
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Hawk Apr 22, 2024 07:42pm
Actor looks right.
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Subhagan Apr 23, 2024 10:42am
AI can make more complications and confusions. Beware of Deep Fake and don't take everything in the first place.
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Gurpreet Singh Apr 24, 2024 02:19am
Congress and other opposition parties resorting to desperate measures to stop Modi & BJP but will fail miserably.
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Taj Ahmad Apr 24, 2024 09:52am
It’s time now, Congress party should replaced BJP government under Modi in the center and make India again as secular country for all Indians.
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Black Hawk Apr 24, 2024 06:46pm
@Taj Ahmad: With all due respect, that’s for us Indians to decide and we overwhelmingly prefer Modi & BJP over any other leader or party.
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Gurpreet Singh Apr 25, 2024 12:03am
@Taj Ahmad: Governments and leaders will come and go but India was, is and will always remain secular because secularism is in its DNA. I appreciate your concern for India's secularism but how about making Pakistan secular as well?
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