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A recent incident involving a doctored video of Greta Thunberg has once again raised concerns about the proliferation of deepfakes, deceptive content, and the role of satire in today’s digital landscape.
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A doctored video featuring Greta Thunberg has been making the rounds online, causing quite a stir. In this video, the young environmental activist appears to be promoting a book called “Vegan Wars” and advocating for the use of “vegan grenades” and “sustainable tanks and weaponry” during wars. What’s striking about the video is that it appears to be a legitimate interview with Thunberg, complete with audio that doesn’t match her mouth movements.
In the manipulated clip, Thunberg seemingly states, “If we want to continue battles like environmentally conscious humans, we must make the change to sustainable tanks and weaponry… biodegradable missiles. If you use hand grenades, please use vegan grenades. No animal should have to give their life for all this mayhem and chaos … I cover all this and more in my new book Vegan Wars.”
The video has been shared on various social media platforms, including Facebook, TikTok, and X, with varying levels of attribution to satire. Some Facebook accounts presented the video as a genuine interview, while others included a strapline reading “satire” in the bottom right corner. An Instagram post shared the video, explicitly flagging it as satire in the description. Despite these disclaimers, many users seemed to take the content seriously, highlighting the challenge of distinguishing fact from fiction in the digital age.
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