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Tracing the Technology Origin of a Presidential Candidate Deepfake

By Rob Volkert on Apr 29, 2020 12:57:50 PM

The recent tweet of a doctored photo, turned into a GIF and nicknamed “Sloppy Joe”, of US presidential candidate Joe Biden1 has prompted controversy over whether the image qualifies as a deepfake, which would make it the first used in a US election cycle. President Trump’s Twitter account retweeted the original post shortly thereafter which resulted in debate over whether the GIF was a deepfake, what the intention was, and whether it violated Twitter’s synthetic and manipulated media policy. Several prominent press outlets, including the Atlantic2 and Motherboard3, went back and forth whether this was the first documented deepfake use in US politics. 

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