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Deepfake Scandal: MP Police Launches 4 Cases Against Video Sharing

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Bhopal : Four First Information Reports (FIRs) have been filed in Madhya Pradesh against unidentified individuals for spreading deepfake videos of well-known politicians, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

This occurred ten days following the state’s November 17 election. On Sunday, December 3, the voting process will begin.

The four deepfake video suits have all been filed in Indore. Following a comparison between the police-produced videos and those that were distributed throughout the election campaign, the action was taken.

During a November 17 event, Prime Minister Narendra Modi issued a warning to the nation regarding the risks associated with deepfake images and videos that are produced through artificial intelligence (AI).

In relation to a rumored video in which Prime Minister Modi was seen laughing while addressing the country on a serious issue, a FIR was filed at the Indore police station’s Kanadiya station that same day.

“A social media user filed the first formal complaint after discovering a deepfake video in which artificial intelligence was utilized to manipulate a prime ministerial speech. The police stated that it was shared on social media in an effort to present him as a “non-serious” leader.

Three more cases pertaining to deepfake images and videos were later reported; one of them featured former Chief Minister Kamal Nath.

The phony video purportedly showed Kamal Nath threatening to end the Ladli Behna Yojana, the BJP’s flagship programme spearheaded by Shivraj Singh Chouhan, should the Congress win power in Madhya Pradesh.

During the campaign trail, that phony video caused a stir because some BJP leaders said that all of the government’s public-benefitting initiatives would be abandoned if the Congress were elected to power.

Following that, a Congress delegation headed by Rakesh Yadav had filed a formal complaint prior to the November 17 election.

Cases have also been lodged against unknown persons for circulating fake videos of BJP candidate from Indore 1 and the party’s national General Secretary, Kailash Vijayvargiya, and Congress nominee from Indore-5, Satyanarayan Patel.

“Deepfake videos are being used mainly to malign the image of politicians and spread misinformation. The accused in the matter are unknown. It is very tough to trace the origin of such videos, but we are taking help of cyber experts to crack the case,” said Nimish Agrawal, DCP (Crime Branch).

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