Social Media Users Misled on Viral AI Xi Jinping Video

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    Chinese President Xi Jinping has fallen victim to an AI deepfake after a doctored video of himself giving a speech in English went viral on social media platforms.

    The one-minute video, captioned in Chinese as “Xi Jinping's English speech in San Francisco,” was posted to Facebook on Nov. 20.

    The satirical video was altered to show him giving a presentation in English during his visit to the United States, misleading social media users into thinking it was real.

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    The video went viral on various social media platforms following President Jinping's remarks. Visit to the United States, This was his first visit in six years, and he attended the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in San Francisco and met with US President Joe Biden.

    At their meeting, according to Today's RTL, recently agreed to revive relations between the two superpowers, who have been fighting to strengthen direct communication between them. This comes in the wake of alleged geopolitical tensions caused by advances in technology.

    In the video, the first Chinese citizen appears to say: “When a partner country is seen as a major competitor, the most important geopolitical challenge, and a constant and immediate threat, it will inevitably lead to wrong policies, wrong actions, and wrong actions.” That's a wrong result. ”

    “China aspires to be a partner and friend of the United States. The basic principles for managing China-US relations are mutual respect, peaceful coexistence, and win-win cooperation.”

    The speech continued, with the Chinese president asserting that his country would never interfere in the internal affairs of the United States or harbor any ambitions to replace the United States.

    “China is happy to see a confident, open, and prosperous America. Similarly, the United States should avoid reading Chinese books, refrain from interfering in China's internal affairs, and see a peaceful, stable, and prosperous China. should be accepted,” the speech continued.

    However, AFP discovered that this was a doctored video as the original video was in Chinese.

    Videos spread the conversation among users

    The video clip was shared “hundreds of times” on social media platforms such as TikTok, and was subtitled in other languages ​​such as English and Thai. Based on the caption, users seem to be convinced that the video is real.

    “Professional translators were prepared to lose their jobs when Xi Jinping gave a speech in fluent English,” one user commented.

    One person said, “This is the first time I've heard Xi Jinping speak English!'' Does that mean he has a very British accent? ”

    AFP noted that the original speech was given in Mandarin, but said it also found no “evidence that President Xi gave a speech in English.”

    Further searches also revealed an authentic speech uploaded to the BBC's Chinese page on the X platform. In the video, Xi speaks in Mandarin. Additionally, the National Commission on U.S.-China Relations also shared the following: complete video The content of the speech the president gave only in Chinese.


    The AI-generated video is riddled with errors, and according to RTL Today, the audio doesn't match the lip movements in some parts of the clip.

    In another example, when President Jinping talks about the United States and China viewing each other as threats, he says, “It will inevitably lead to wrong policies, wrong actions, and wrong results.” It seems so.

    However, in the official translation, Xinhua News Agency That, he said, “will only lead to misinformed policy decisions, wrong actions and undesirable outcomes.”

    Another mistake is that President Jinping appears to be saying, “China does not read American books'' and “Similarly, the United States should not read Chinese books.''

    According to official records, Jinping said, “China will never bet on the United States,'' and “Similarly, the United States should not bet on China.''

    The AI ​​video features the Chinese phrases “gaming” (pronounced “dƔ shō”, meaning losing a bet) and “讀書” (pronounced “dú shō”, meaning reading a book). are confusing.


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