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Prime Minister Modi Raises Alarm on Misinformation and Deepfake Videos as Political Tensions Rise

PM Modi warns against deepfake videos and misinformation by the opposition, as police arrest an advocate linked to a fake video of Amit Shah.



Modi Raises Alarm Over Fake Videos in Political Sphere
Modi Raises Alarm Over Fake Videos in Political Sphere

In a rally in Satara, Maharashtra, Prime Minister Narendra Modi issued a stern warning about the potential for “big incidents” orchestrated by the opposition in the near future, highlighting a concerning trend of manipulated deepfake videos circulating on social media. This announcement comes in the wake of an uproar caused by a deepfake video involving Home Minister Amit Shah.

The Prime Minister articulated concerns about opposition tactics, where parties unable to directly confront the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are now resorting to digital misinformation. “Those who cannot face us directly are using fake videos to create societal tension,” Modi stated. He pointed out the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to mimic the voices of prominent party leaders, including himself and Amit Shah, to spread false statements and stoke discord.

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The fabricated content in question involves a video that falsely portrays Home Minister Amit Shah speaking about sensitive issues related to caste and community reservations. The BJP has vehemently refuted the contents of the video, clarifying that Shah discussed the removal of what he termed “unconstitutional reservations” for Muslims in Telangana, not ending reservations for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, or Other Backward Classes.

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Assam police arrested a 31-year-old advocate named Sri Reetom Singh in connection with the creation and dissemination of the fake video. Singh was arrested by the PanBazar police station under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and IT Act, with Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma confirming the arrest via Twitter.

The BJP has responded proactively, filing FIRs across various states, challenging the authenticity of the video and striving to correct the public narrative. The party has also released the original video to highlight the discrepancies and assert the factual context of Shah’s statements.

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The challenge of digital misinformation is growing in political discourse, particularly as India heads toward more heated political climates. With AI technologies becoming increasingly sophisticated, the potential for misuse in influencing public opinion and disrupting democratic processes is a huge concern. The call from Prime Minister Modi for vigilance and critical scrutiny of social media content is a crucial reminder of the need for responsible consumption and dissemination of information in the digital age.


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