Twitter Flags White House’s Deepfaked Video Of Joe Biden Sleeping On Live TV
By Izza Sofia, 01 Sep 2020
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The White House’s deputy chief of staff Dan Scavino posted a fake video showing Joe Biden sleeping during an interview on his Twitter account last Sunday night.
The doctored video saw Biden sound asleep and snoring during a televised interview. Twitter has since flagged the clip, branding it as “manipulated media.”
“This media has been disabled in response to a report by the copyright owner,” the social media platform said.
According to CBS Sacremento anchor John Dabkovich, the original video was of American singer Harry Belafonte talking to the anchor. Biden’s face had then been digitally placed onto Belafonte’s body, Dabkovich described.
“This is fake. You know how I know? I was the co-anchor in studio. We were interviewing Harry Belafonte,” Dabkovich clarified in a tweet. The original interview took place in October 2011, and the interviewer could be heard mentioning the name “Harry.”
Social media users were quick to condemn Scavino’s stunt, including Belafonte himself. He offered a statement to the New York Times, saying, “A technical glitch in an interview I did nine years ago now becomes another one of their lies, more of their fake news.”
This is fake. You know how I know? I was the coanchor in studio.— John Dabkovich (@JohnDabkovich) August 31, 2020
We were interviewing Harry Belafonte. https://t.co/gPRU9JGyI7
2/2 “...I beg every sane American-please vote them out. I knew many who gave their life for the right to vote. Never has it been so vital to exercise that right.”— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) August 31, 2020
[via HuffPost, cover image via Pix_Arena / Shutterstock.com]
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