The Growing Threat of Deepfakes


When I stumbled over the video shown below, I watched it with confusion. I knew it couldn’t be Donald Trump, but at the same time, it WAS! I watched it, then shared it with someone else, asking “what do you see? Is this Trump? If it’s an actor, he’s identical to the President.”

However, I then discovered it was an example of “deepfake” videos.

At around the same time, the UK TV Station Channel4 decided to make their own version of the Queen’s Speech.

The Christmas Farce

For any who do not know, The Christmas Address has been a longstanding and revered tradition in which, after lunch on Christmas Day, the Queen addresses the nation from her living room.

The tradition began in 1932 with a radio broadcast by King George V on the British Broadcasting Corporation’s Empire Service. Since 1952, the message has been read by Elizabeth II; today, it is broadcast on television, radio, and the Internet via various providers.

I remember the time when the family would sit down with a glass of wine, turn on the TV and watch the Queen’s Speech as a tradition we all observed on Christmas Day, as ingrained as the tree, gifts and party hats.

So for Channel4 to create their own version, albeit as an obvious parody, was to many a despicable mockery, akin to showing Santa and the reindeer in a porn movie on Christmas Eve.

The Real Danger

But the mockery wasn’t my real concern. It was that now, openly and easily, it has become possible to air videos that purport to be the speeches of national leaders, using footage that is indistinguishable from the real thing.

Just imagine what could come next.

Although deepfakes have been used for fun up to now, surely the potential for misleading the public (already too eager to believe anything they see on the Internet) is not lost on our enemies.

The technique is hardly a technological impossibility for ordinary people. In fact, it’s becoming easier every day.

Here is a video that explains how to make deepfakes. It says you can download deepfake software easily on the Internet. It also gives examples of leaders who have been spoofed.

In the article below, it is said that deepfakes will become the crime of the century, and I believe it. Notable examples cited in the article include a manipulated video of Richard Nixon’s Apollo 11 presidential address and Barack Obama insulting Donald Trump.

Think about the potential! You can imagine the glee amongst foreign enemies, domestic terrorists, activists of every kind, and even just pranksters, at the prospect of putting words into a celebrity’s mouth.

The Possibility of Deception on a World Scale

I may be alarmist, but I do believe the bible when it says a man will come who will be able to deceive the entire world. This corporate delusion is already being seeded into the minds and hearts of many, and the deception will spread further and further, becoming more powerful every day in preparation for the “Great Delusion” spoken of by Paul in 2 Thessalonians 2:11

It is almost as if deepfake technology has been created for this very purpose.

Not only is it possible to mimic religious leaders supposedly urging acceptance and worship of a new saviour figure, but even possibly a fake of Jesus Christ himself (although genuine believers wouldn’t accept that).

A Very Present Danger

Quite apart from the endtimes implication, though, today’s volatile political scene could be encouraged to ignite into civil war, or world war, with the clever planting of deepfake videos, seemingly released as official State announcements.

By the time it was realised these video were not genuine, it would be too late.

I have watched as millions latch onto conspiracies with the slightest bit of encouragement, trusting in and recirculating a video made by an unknown person with absolutely no evidence or proof. Time and again!

The result has been paranoia (or false hope) on a massive scale.

That’s just the beginning, because when the videos are supposedly from national leaders, politicians, or another trustworthy spokesperson, the danger of widespread deception grows exponentially.

On the one hand, there is the possibility of planting lies about the Government; on the other there is the danger of actual terrorism and technological warfare, sparking off retaliation in the form of military strikes.

I think we are only just beginning to see the dangers that lie ahead with deepfakes.

10 thoughts on “The Growing Threat of Deepfakes

  1. “Not only is it possible to mimic religious leaders supposedly urging acceptance and worship of a new saviour figure, but even possibly a fake of Jesus Christ himself (although genuine believers wouldn’t accept that).”

    This is exactly why each and everyone must meditate on the Word and focus on it and not on the “world” so they shut other voices out and are able to hear and be led by the voice of the Lord because He will NOT come as as a visible figure!

    The greek origin word clearly says that we shall meet Him in the psyche (greek “air”) NOT in the visible sky!

    “And they shall say to you, See here; or, see there, go not after them, nor follow them (because He will not be visible to the natural eye). Luke 17:23

    “Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself (only) unto us (who hear your voice), and not (visible) unto the world? John 14:22

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  2. Not exactly an example of ‘deep fake’ technology being used, but four years ago I watched a video posted on a popular bible teacher’s website in which Hilary Clinton was reported as saying “chang[ing] of Christian beliefs is the unfinished business of the 20th Century” The video reporter added “This means that she wants to persecute Christians.”

    However ACTUAL video of her statement was shown by the man making that claim and it CLEARLY showed her REALLY saying ““I believe the advancement of the full participation of women and girls in every aspect of their society is the great unfinished business of the 21st century.”

    When people are willing to promote videos of that type – unchanged by technology – and people believe what they are TOLD someone said instead of believing what they can actually hear the person saying – how much more deception can result through “deep fake” manipulation?

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  3. It really is rather disconcerting to say the least how easily people see what they want to see, and don’t see what they don’t want to see.

    Over on Gateway Pundit, a website following the election fraud and posting “proof” articles one after another, an article was posted the other day with a supposed picture of many ballots all supposedly filled out by the same person, because the handwriting was the same. “VOTER FRAUD ON DISPLAY: Houston Ballots All Have Same Signature and Same Address” read the headline. (Link: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/12/voter-fraud-display-houston-ballots-signature-address/)

    When you actually look deeper, however, the picture at the top of the article was not of ballots, but of mail-in ballot requests. The article also did not show any pictures of signatures, nor did it show further proof of such.

    If I were an agent provocateur, posing as a conservative, and writing pieces to stir up and anger the Right to the point they can’t see straight, I would do just what Jim Hoft is doing at GP. Note: I’m not saying that his stories are false. They are mostly true. But alas – the best disinformation is mostly true! This is an example of a website that is being used to create an atmosphere of anger and eventually revolution, using firearms and whatever other means are necessary to “eliminate the Left”.

    Also instructive are the comments in the comments section. Besides the fact that it becomes apparent that people have almost entirely lost the ability to reason together when disagreeing on something, very few people noticed that the picture was of mail-in ballot requests, NOT ballots, which of course CAN be filled out by one person, on behalf of others, perhaps in a “get out the vote” effort. They all saw the headline, assumed it was ballots they were looking at, and added the article to their long and growing list of proof of election fraud. It wasn’t proof at all.

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