President Barack Obama is speaking out about the use of so-called "deepfake" technology to create videos that appear to show him cursing and saying things he would not say - at least not publicly.

For the past 2 years, AI videos of Obama using inappropriate language have been circulated on the Internet. But Obama has not spoken out about the technology until now.

The former U.S. president told his concerns to an audience in Ottawa, Canada on Friday.

"People can duplicate me speaking and saying anything. And it sounds like me and it looks like I'm saying it — and it's a complete fabrication," Obama said.

Deepfake videos are a growing concern, particularly ahead of the presidential elections in 2020.

An altered video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made headlines after it appeared to show her slurring her speech in a drunken stupor. The video, copies of which are still live on Facebook, is a major concern for the Democrats who have criticized Facebook for not taking the videos down.

"You take the face of one person and put it on the body of another," said Jeff Smith, associate director at the National Center for Media Forensics at the University of Colorado Denver.

"They are manipulated videos that have been edited using deep learning technology," Smith said.

Below are two videos that appear to show the former president speaking using a voice actor.

The first video, published in 2018, shows what appears to be the former president saying "Stay woke bitches" and calling President Trump names. The voice of director Jordan Peele was actually inserted into the first video. The video was created by Peele, Buzzfeed and Monkeypaw Productions to show the dangers of deepfake videos and fake news.

The 2nd video, created by computer scientists at the University of Washington, shows how a neural network was used to create a very realistic-looking video of Obama using existing audio of him speaking.

Buzzfeed said their video took 56 hours and a professional video editor to create in 2018.

"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 2018 - before the technology was simplified.

Nowadays, apps such as FakeApp can create a deepfake video using a single photo with one touch of a button.

These apps make Obama and other public figures very nervous. It's just a matter of time before social media users flood the Internet with their own deepfake videos.
 

 

 

Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images

  • justlooking

    Good Morning!

    The Snoop and Mike had me laughing the entire DAY last week......

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Chile that hair on Snoop hilarious

  • Kanyade

    Lord the Tyson and Snoop one.... LOL

  • NewNew

    This is frightening. We should all be concerned because this will only get worse. We won't be able to believe our eyes in a moment. No lie, I wish I could go back to 1998 and stay there.

  • LeeSeeCee

    The people that watch Faux News on the regular will take these as GOSPEL. The trolls that will push these videos on FB and the people that will repost like sheep because they have no intellectual argument so they resort to fake bs propaganda to keep the dumb ones on the reservation of idiocy. It is really sad and disgusting that this manipulated & manufactured crap will have an effect. Those folks will be BELIEVE anything that is put in front on them. ANYTHING.

  • deadellamore
  • justlooking

    That was the beauty, I imagined his old wet sets coming out that way.

  • Bree

    I'll laugh and make fun of myself all day, every day. But to mock others is unacceptable. I also know what that's like to have someone make a mockery of you publicly. That's divination and I'm not one to play like that. There's a way to have fun, but not at the expense of others. I believe if they can come up with things that Obama would or wouldn't say publicly, they can create a character for it. Heck, Tyler Perry did it and he made a fortune off of it.

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Chile... THAT Snoop and Mike video ???? https://media2.giphy.com/media/tT7RsqhEbBOH6/giphy.gif

  • Bree

    That's why they do it, because it sells. If we stop watching, they'll stop. Only a fool will put on a free show! We watch and they get paid!

  • Topic Influencer
  • Skin Deep Beauty

    EXACTLY! This will not go over well. So many folk are gonna be use this type of sorcery to manipulate FOLLOWERS! Oh and the justice system .. FOLK GONE BE SETUP AND LOCKED UP FOR CRIMES THEY DIDNT COMMIT! So folk can find this ish funny if they want but wait just wait......

  • Ryan

    They know how gullible alt righters are, but this is dangerous because so many of them are unhinged.

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    THIS IS GONNA have so many innocent folk SCREWED!

  • justlooking

    This is why I limit my facial presence on social media. Besides facebooger, IgnoreT and rest are the waste of time unless you are selling something. IMO

  • Bree

    I banned myself from social media. Everything has become a mockery.

  • Carrington

    1) I need Obama to ACTUALLY call Trump everything these videos were manipulated to show him saying. I'm tired of him AND Michelle with that "go high" bull$hit! White folk hated Obama because they EXPECTED him to be everything that they claim they LOVE about Donald Trump (hypocritical much?)... f*ck going high. Go in! You ain't got $hit to lose. I wanted Obie to say, "I did NOT say those things... THAT time!" why continue to give respect to a person who doesn't give any respect to you?
    2) I woke up in a panic. Either my alarm didn't go off, or it went off and I didn't hear it and, as a light sleeper, I don't understand how this happened. I text my boss, "$HIT! My alarm didn't go off... I'm going to be late!" I jumped in the shower (trying to understand why the Tom Joyner Morning Show isn't on), realized that I hadn't ironed and ran to get my trusty, "I don't feel like ironing today" scrubs. Turned on the TV and couldn't understand why the normal morning shows weren't on.
    Put on my clothes, rush down to the garage, pull out - traffic straight SMOOTH. ("Oh wow, school must be out... I'll be at work in 30 minutes at this rate")... turn off the music from my phone (which automatically connected when I turned the car on) and turned on the radio to see what downtown traffic is like and I hear, "Make me clap my haaaaands, make me wanna daaaaaaance - STOMP!"... OK. I hear y'all this morning... next song, "Take me toooo da king.... I don't have much..." Now, I'm concerned.
    I pull out my trusty iFoam, exit the freeway, go to McDonald's and get some breffis, text my boss, "Man down! Today is Sunday. See y'all tomorrow."
    I hate everybody.

  • MMM

    Good morning Americans,

    While you all are waking up and getting ready for the day, I'm headed home. As you are getting into summer, I'm starting winter.

    After more than 10 years reading this blog, I have finally decided to start commenting. I'm entertained, tickled, intrigued and informed. That's why I've come out of lurking.

  • iWasteTime

    I came here to say that and the one with Kanye on Hide ya kids Hide ya wife had me in tears

  • Bree

    Today is Monday.

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    Are you in Australia???

  • Bree

    Welcome!

  • JV

    " It is really sad and disgusting that this manipulated & manufactured crap will have an effect."
    --------
    There's a demand for content like this, just like demand for ice cream and cauliflower at the grocery store. It's not always that people have mistrust of media content (a typical alt-right talking point), especially when the internet makes it, relative to previous generations, easy to fact-check; it's that people don't like the news they read/see/hear, and want to see/read/hear things that more aligns with their own worldview. And for ratings and revenue, some are all to eager to oblige.

  • TransMichelle

    The videos are just showing what Odumba REALLY is whether they're doctored or not. As The Donald exposes Odumba and the rest of the Deep State they ALL are going to be saying their videos are doctored or documents are doctored even when they're not. The Donald basically told AG Barr to let the flood gates open. Now Odumba, Brenner, Comey, Mueller, Clintons, Lynch, and others are getting desperate. Don't be surprised if more false flags don't start popping up. It's getting and going to get worse because these criminals don't give a f&ck about this country only power..! Run to Kenya Odumba because you're going down with the rest of them you treasonous traitor. Yeah I said it. BYE TOODLES CIAO I'm Out..!!!! Oh I forgot, did any of you know that The Donald created an executive order New Opportunity Zones in urban and rural areas, where developers will receive tax cuts and incentives to build up some of our most run-down neighborhoods? I didn't think so, the main stream media keep you k00ns delusional.. The program will lead to $100 billion in new investments in the zones.Basically "in the ghettos." Plus The Donald initiated a DOJ anti-trust investigation with Google. It needs to be broken up. They're trying to keep the FAKE NEWS in their search while making it difficult to find alternative news basically 'THE TRUTH.' Anyway, BYE YA'LL CAUSE I KNOW YOU K00NS (Those still on the plantation) don't know shat and will be triggered. Heads up to those off the plantation..stay strong you know who you are. BYE
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  • iWasteTime

    Only thing bad about these videos is that 45 and 'em are going to take all is eff'd up speeches, interviews and interactions and call them "DeepFake" even though he was awful before the technology

  • Renee26

    People need to no believe everything they see on the internet anyway... We know you wouldn't be caught on film saying things like that Barry ?

  • Carrington

    And this was yesterday...

  • Bree

    Just checking dear. You had me checking my calendar!

  • Carrington
  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Yup. I'm pretty sure we'll see right-wingers release fake videos with Joe Biden leading up to the 2020 elections, to try and smear him and influence the election results. Some of these people are super-sleazy and will stop at nothing so help their side win.

  • Coy little wink

    This is why I don't watch these clips...

    I just say no to all click bait ?

  • Bree

    I almost panicked! I was like Lord I know I'm not crazy!

  • Coy little wink

    Girrll! I just bought some water pills...my ankles swole again this weekend ?

    What in the world!

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    In other news... This NEEDS to STOP!

    Transgender woman Cece Telfer wins women's national title at NCAA track championship

    A transgender woman who previously competed as a man has become a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) track champion.

    CeCe Telfer clinched the women's 400-meter hurdles national title at the 2019 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships for Franklin Pierce University on May 25.

    Her triumph has been surrounded by controversy as many in the running world express concerns that transgender athletes competing in women's sports may have an unfair advantage.

    Telfer completed the course with a stunning time of 57.53s, with the second place opponent trailing far behind with a score of 59.21s. She also earned All-American First Team honors with a fifth-place finish in the 100m hurdles earlier in the day.

    Telfer's coach Zach Emerson praised his team member's performance, saying: 'It was tough conditions out here with the wind and the heat over the last three days but, as she has over the last six months, CeCe proved herself to be tough enough to handle it.

    'Today was a microcosm of her entire season; she was not going to let anything slow her down. I've never met anybody as strong as her mentally in my entire life.'

    Telfer was born and raised as Craig and competed on the men's team at Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire from 2016 to 2018, even though she personally identified as a woman.

    In the 2016-2017 season, Telfer was not even in the top 200 male athletes in her event.

    Her last competition as Craig was in January 2018, when she finished eighth in a field of nine in the Men's 400 meters at the Middlebury Winter Classic in Vermont.

    After that race Telfer resigned from the men's team and underwent gender re-assignment surgery before joining the women's team that October.

    Under NCAA guidelines male athletes are eligible to compete as women if they suppress their testosterone levels for a full calendar year. Before the year-mark, they can compete on mixed-sex teams in the men's division but not the women's.

    Telfer's couch Emerson claims that the vast improvement she is displaying this current season versus the previous three comes down to the increased effort she's put in.

    'She's been been incredibly motivated this year and I think the transition one million percent had something to do with that. It's like night and day as far as what she was willing to do as an athlete and how committed she was,' Emerson said.

    Telfer's most recent championship, which made her Franklin Pierce University's first gold medalist in the event, has reignited the debate over whether issues surrounding transgender athletes are being handled fairly.

    Robert Johnson broached the topic in a column for , writing: 'The fact that Telfer can change her gender and immediately become a national champion is proof positive as to why women's sports needs protection.

    'Telfer ran slightly faster in the 400 hurdles competing as a man (57.34) than as a woman (57.53), even though the men's hurdles are six inches taller than the women's hurdles.

    'Yet when Telfer ran 57.34 as a man, she didn't even score at her conference meet — she was just 10th at the Northeast-10 Outdoor Track and Field Championships in 2016.

    'Now she's the national champion.'

    Australian running champ Tamsyn Manou also says Telfer's title is unfair and falls into a 'concerning gray area'.

    She said the female category in elite sports is currently vulnerable and not being protected enough to ensure a fair and even competition.

    'I think that it's important that people understand it's not about gender identity,' Manou said. 'This is an issue that is surrounding what you were born as, biologically what your sex is.'

    'There is just way too much advantage with a male competing against a female.'

    However, the NCAA disagrees about the advantage.

    The organization's Transgender Handbook states: 'According to medical experts on this issue, the assumption that a transgender woman competing on a women's team would have a competitive advantage outside the range of performance and competitive advantage or disadvantage that already exists among female athletes is not supported by evidence.'

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  • Renee26

    Try looking at it this way: Going high is about respecting self.

    What others think of us is none of our business. Most people have a small circle of people who truly know them...so why take into account what outsiders (who don't know you) think or say?

    Dump is scum... No responses necessary. Kings and Queens don't dumpster dive.

  • MMM

    No.

  • MMM

    Thank you!

  • T865!

    Well at least we don’t need AI videos to show what an idiot the current occupier of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is.. he does that himself any time his teeth part?

  • Junkanoo

    I like Obama but he's a bell end he's more worried about fake videos but didn't bother to ban GMOs while he was in office in fact he appointed a former Monsanto employee to head up the FDA. Go sit down somewhere and enjoy your private life Obama .

  • Calikush

    ?This is sum straight up bull? and so unfair. Smh....

  • Carrington

    Sandra, I really wish you would ban these idiots from the site. Any person who listens to Trump on a regular basis, any person who has not realized that the ONLY book Donald Trump has ever read, and studied, is one on how to manipulate people and control situations is the REAL dummy. Anyone who thinks that a man who has had ALL of his businesses fail, but has done a PHENOMENAL job of branding his last name, who has filed bankruptcy SIX times, has been sued over and over and over and over... who consistently has to TELL people that he's a genius (yet sued to make sure his GENUIS college transcripts are NEVER released - TRUST me, if Donald Trump's transcripts showed that he was 1/2 as smart as he's convince you dumb f*cks he is, that would've been the FIRST thing he released... Obama - transcripts released, respected all over the world. Trump... respected by racists and rich people who know him for his games and people who troll internet, pretending to be black and transsexual so that their racist agenda won't be recognized by stupid people, much like themselves. F*CK outta here!

  • Carrington

    Nah, I'm divin'. You're not going to keep trying to paint me as a welfare recipient who went through the system and was handed a degree because I'm too dumb to get it on my own and then try to erase my legacy so that everything I did as the first black president of the united states of America is vanished from history - oh, and that you inherited a "disaster" from me. F*CK that! I'm putting you, and your constituency, in your respective places.
    It is absolutely important which brush is used to paint the first black president of the united states. MFs actually BELIEVE all that bull$hit rhetoric. THAT has an affect on me as a black man. On YOU, as a black woman. On my son, as a black man. If we can make it to the highest office in the land and someone is attempting to paint a picture of THAT as a "gift" for the unqualified... how do you think those SAME people view the black person interviewing as the CEO?

  • Junkanoo

    All American Presidents are Puppets

  • jazmine

    My neighbors daughter was in that race when i tell u they are pisssedT

  • SpillyNillie

    So what did you eat/drink before bed? Cuz you was trippin....

  • jazmine

    That probably is Sandra

  • Topic Influencer

    It might be weather/heat related in this case. Did they help? The water pills?

  • Kimocha

    That's very unfair!... And she a UGLY MANLY looking transgender too!!!... She/He definitely ain't pretty!

  • Topic Influencer

    I was good and tickled by all of em lol

  • Coy little wink

    I just took them ? it's the right more so than left

  • Soda

    Third gif: Malania the flight attendant with the Central Park 5 unapologetic accuser, President Puppet Hands.

  • Monica Lewinsky

    But yet a true athlete, Caster Semenya, who was born a natural woman can’t compete!! This is bullshit!!

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Cece looks like "she" should be named Cornelius.

  • TransMichelle

    Chile you and the rest of the k00ns on here lucky I'm not Sandra because your azzes would be automatically banned from my site for shear ignorance, delusion, and stupidity. Just a waste of space. Heads-up to Sandra for tolerating you imbeciles. BYE I'M DONE TOODLES NOT REPLYING ANYMORE

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  • Wile E. Coli

    Well, that's a LOT easier than worrying about 50 people being shot in Chicago this WEEKEND.

  • Carla

    https://media0.giphy.com/media/xT9IgG50Fb7Mi0prBC/giphy.gif

    I surmise you're somewhere in the Southern Hemisphere.

  • Truth Or Die

    Its all good to support these dysfunctional liberal agendas until it turns on YOU...

  • Renee26

    That's just it... The only people who believe that crap already had biased views against black people. Their viewpoints won't change... Fugg em!

    Facts and actions have proven the truth... there are so many of us that will continue to champion for the Obama's and dispell rumors and negative remarks. They fought for 8 years, we can continue to spread truth about them AND their current and future actions will speak for themselves.

  • Gloria

    Technology continues to amaze me yet have me deeply weary of what’s to come,...

  • Gloria

    Most violent weekend thus far and it’s not even really hot yet. ?

  • SunRiseBlossom

    OMG... This is so sad!!! Was it at a function, church?!

  • Wile E. Coli

    nope.. just in the streets.

  • Wile E. Coli

    Why isn't ANYONE doing a damned thing?

  • SunRiseBlossom

    Wow... That is CRAZY!!! My family is talking about having our Family Reunion in Chicago next year... This got me scared to participate.

  • Ryan

    I hope not, that would be pretty sad.

  • Wile E. Coli

    Stay safe. It does depend where you are in Chicago but I wonder how this can happen and NO ONE says ANY THING. No BLM, no knees taken, none of the usual worthless NRA griping, no condemnation.. nothing. Do they just expect it from Chicago and it is standard operating procedure?

  • Ryan

    ?

  • SunRiseBlossom

    You made some valid points!!!

  • Rhyme and Reason

    Thank you! They all play ball, look the other way, and manage to do some good in the process!

    But, as you say, they’re puppets!

  • Rhyme and Reason

    Where’s the National Guard? We occupy other countries to restore or maintain order or to fight anarchy!

  • Mielle Downey

    She needs to get off the site if she doesn't like free speach or move to China which would be her twin mindset.

  • Wile E. Coli

    no sht. why do they all just let this go on? I can't believe there is no way to approach this. Why do black politicians and leaders treat this like it is happening on the moon? Where are the athletes and grandstanders?

  • Junkanoo

    Trump also appointed a former Monsanto employee to head up the wild life and fishery that tells me they served the same master . Monsanto made aren't Orange they are bad news. You are so right weather left or right they do some good but do far more to hand over more and more power to the corporations .

  • Rhyme and Reason

    Technology is well on its way to ruling our world, and the U.S. is way behind foreign countries on know-how!

    A lot of technology, we now easily do on smartphones has been available and used in foreign countries for years before us!

    Since Americans are dumbed down, and stuck on being “superior” simply because of being American (excluding blacks), we are uninformed!

    Most are clueless of the actual peril we live in or how fragile (vulnerable) our democracy is with technology dictating so much!

    You see how often companies make us change our passwords, or how the job comes up with complicated password guidelines!

  • Trace da Ace

    ugh!!! this is so creepy!!!

  • Rhyme and Reason

    Yeah, how could he appoint such a person, when wildlife preservation, chemical spills and dumping is always a problem!? I am also concerned about cloned meat, and not being given a choice!

    We have no idea what these corporations are doing to us! This is why, I’m sure Trump will get a second term, whether people vote or not!

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    Ok...then where are you?? Unless you just was on some riddle me this confusion type stuff this morning?? Malaysia, Indonesia, New Zealand???

  • Rhyme and Reason

    Years ago, I saw Judge Judy and former NY mayor Ed Koch talk about what should be done about all the violence and drugs, and JJ said, “you bring in the national guards, that’s there job to protect our land, and Koch agreed!”

    A lot of these hood shooters are teens or young adults, they’re not fighting over drug turf like in the 90s, they loot, carjack, and vandalize. They initiate gang members, retaliate and randomly kill innocent people!

    Politicians are reluctant to call in the troops, special tactical units, snipers, helicopters, super surveillance would have to happen to dig into hood getaways, cracks and alleys to catch these urban terrorists!

    The feds and local law enforcement will have to work together

  • bb1812

    Everything you said is the sad truth. There is so much disinformation & fake-everything out there & it's just gonna ramp up henceforth til the election. Ppl will believe what they wanna believe. Won't bother to fact check or do any research.

  • Junkanoo

    Sad to say I think you're right Trump may get in for another term to finish what was started. That lab grown meat is scary I don't eat meat just seafood which isn't much better if it's farm raised. The environment is going to take some hard blows just so big business can reap more profits and we're going to pay the price.

  • BRuhman_Vista

    Speaking of "recordings", will Omarosa ever release the recording(s) of Trump saying the N-word? Or was she just being trifling? ?

  • Thee Lovelii Ladii Jaye ?

    So true!

  • Thee Lovelii Ladii Jaye ?

    Just Stay Woke B****es! LOL!

  • Jethro

    For what reason are you posting known to be fake news? I swear, you and tRump have Obama on the brain. ?

  • YellowSauce

    are they JUST NOW worried about technology ???!!! ..... pay attention !!!
    humans ARE dumb enough to create robots to be smarter ...and yes what I just said makes sense

  • YellowSauce

    finacts

  • Li-Wright

    There should be a way to file a lawsuit against this silliness.

  • R Smith

    Yasssss...This right here------>"White folk hated Obama because they EXPECTED him to be everything that they claim they LOVE about Donald Trump"...whew!!!

  • millz

    Some people have too much time on their hands... I didn’t even finish the video ?

  • FIGHT THE POWER

    sit yo azz down... bootliking, butter biscuit, Boule' azz house kneegrow.

  • TransMichelle

    Do you know that Odumba wouldn't have gotten into office without the white vote and that the black vote alone was not enough to get this corrupt criminal Odumba into office? You've been programmed unfortunately and the liberal white folks got you brainwashed reaaaal good. Odumba ain't shat. He's one of the most corrupt individuals ever to hold office in this country. The Donald isn't trying to ruin him, Odumba ruined himself by following the orders from his white masters who are also corrupt and criminals and The Donald is now exposing them. Odumba chose the devil when he could have actually done a lot of good if he had chose otherwise.

    Are black people better off after having a so-called black president? I'll answer for you...NO...! Odumba wasn't our first black president he just had dark skin. We need a real black president an DOS (descendant from slaves) American president. Odumba is and was nothing but a phony and Manchurian candidate. He fooled you good...! Just wanted to help you out here. I'm no longer interested. BYE CHILE