Jordan Peele alters Obama video to address fake news

Jordan Peele alters Obama video to address fake news

The PSA for the Internet Age was a project first imagined by Peele and BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti, the filmmaker's brother-in-law.

"So the good news is it still requires a decent amount of skill, processing power, and time to create a really good 'deepfake, '" said BuzzFeed's news-media editor, Craig Silverman, in a post that accompanied the video. The video begins with what might appear to be an authentic message from former President Barack Obama - but when that message takes a drastic turn, viewers might begin to notice something is wrong.

"I would never say these things, at least, not in a public address". "For instance they could have me say, I don't know, "Killmonger was right, ' or 'Ben Carson is in the Sunken Place" or how about this: 'President Trump is total and complete dipshit'".

Buzzfeed, of course, is the organization that published the discredited Trump dossier which purported to contain damaging evidence about a secret relationship between Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin and a videotape of Trump being urinating on by Russian prostitutes.

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Aviv Ovadya, a technologist who predicted that misinformation would spread during the 2016 election, told reporter Charlie Warzel that technology is advancing to allow users to distort audio or video and make it seem real. Aside from Donald's use of the term, we can't deny that we are living in a time where more than ever, we need to stay vigilant about credible sources on the internet.

It looked like Obama, it sounded like Obama, but alas it was fake news. FakeApp is a free tool that's recently been used to insert the faces of celebrities into porn videos. The reports further mention that the video was built using AfterEffects and an application called as Fakeapp. Obama's mouth was digitally rendered to mirror the words.

But of course, its a clever lip sync trick with Obama's voice being provided by Peele, who famously played Obama in the "Anger Translator" series he did with Keegan Michael-Key on Comedy Central's "Key & Peele".

"You see, I would never say these things", Peele's Obama explains. "And simultaneously it's always had a dark side that objectionable, with people who are either trolls or hackers or scammers or politically motivated".

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