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AI Deepfakes Spread Disinformation in Slovak Elections

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Michal Simecka.

In one such video, Michal Simecka, leader of the progressive party (above), appears to discuss buying votes from the Roma minority with a journalist.

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Disinformation spread over social media in the run-up to the Slovak elections that took place over the weekend, with videos featuring artificial intelligence (AI)-produced deepfake voices.

One video shows a conversation in which Slovakian progressive party leader Michal Simecka appears to discuss vote-buying from the Roma minority with a journalist, which experts deemed synthesized by an AI tool trained on samples of the speakers' voices.

Technological democracy research group Reset's Rolf Fredheim said, "With the examples from the Slovak election, there's every reason to think that professional manipulators are looking at these tools to create effects and distribute them in a coordinated way."

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