This video is a deepfake video or a video edited to look real. It was created using a clip of an interview Musk did in April.
On January 8, 2021, Twitter permanently suspended the account of then-President Donald Trump following the January 6 uprising in Washington, DC.
Twitter says they suspended Trump’s account to prevent “the risk of inciting further violence”.
Now, the new CEO of Twitter, Elon Musk – who acquired the social media company in October – account has been restored.
After the reinstatement, a viral video on TikTok claimed to have Musk saying “the king is back” and that he fired “irritable” Twitter employees using manipulated videos of Twitter. Trump.
Is Elon Musk’s viral video real?
No, the video is not real, it is a deepfake.
WHAT WE FIND
Deepfake videos, such as this one by Musk, are created using artificial intelligence technology, like programs that can be used to replace or synthesize faces, words, or expressions.
This viral video was created using an existing video from a TED interview Musk did in April, before buying Twitter. TED, which stands for “Technology, Entertainment, Design,” is a nonprofit organization dedicated to sharing interviews or speaking engagements with a mission to share ideas.
The video was posted to the TED YouTube channel on April 14, 2022, and shows an interview between TED curator Chris Anderson and Musk. During the interview, Musk talked about the Twitter acquisition attempt and other aspects of his career.
Both the viral video and the TED interview video have the same purple background. Musk also wears the same outfit in both and his hairstyle is the same.
The audio heard in the video – Musk’s voice is believed to be – was also out of sync with his mouth and his facial features didn’t match when he spoke. These are common signs of deepfakes.
Since Trump returned to Twitter on November 20, Musk has not done any in-camera interviews or participated in any recorded events.
The TikTok account that posted the video posted several other deepfake videos of Musk using the same video source from the TED interview.
VERIFY contacted Musk and the creator of TikTok for comment but received no response at the time of publication.
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