– Fake Joe Biden advises not to vote in New Hampshire
On Sunday, the phone rang from Democratic supporters in the US state of New Hampshire. In row: President Joe Biden. These calls are an attempt to influence elections.
Authorities in the US state of New Hampshire are investigating bogus calls to Democratic voters purporting to be from President Joe Biden. The recorded audio message was sent to several people on Sunday, Attorney General John Farmella said on Monday (local time). He talked about an illegal attempt to disrupt the New Hampshire primary. The so-called robocalls may have used artificial intelligence to imitate Biden's voice.
In one of the messages obtained by The Associated Press, Biden's fake voice asks the listener not to participate in the primary, but to “save the cross for the November election.” “If you vote this Tuesday, it will only help Republicans re-elect Donald Trump,” Biden said. “Your vote will make a difference in November, not this Tuesday.”
AI Python is indistinguishable from the original
It is unrealistic that voters who vote in Tuesday's primary will not be allowed to vote in the November election. The AI voice is acoustically indistinguishable from a real voice. For example, the created voice used the phrase “what nonsense,” which the real Biden had already used several times.
Recipients were given the number of Kathy Sullivan, the former chairman of the New Hampshire Democratic Party, as a caller — also part of the hoax. Sullivan spoke of “real electoral influence.” “This call is being returned to my personal cell phone number without my permission,” he said in a statement. He alerted law enforcement officials.
It is not clear who is behind the calls
It is not known how many people received the wrong call. A spokeswoman for Sullivan said she had heard from at least a dozen victims. The Attorney General's Office has urged other victims to come forward. And it is not known who is behind this scam. The campaign office of former President Trump, who is seeking a re-election bid, said it had nothing to do with the recording. Trump's office declined to comment further.
Onlookers are confused as to what the purpose of the calls could have been. It's not really about keeping Democratic voters from voting, but rather about eroding trust in institutions, said election law expert David Becker, president of the Center for Election Innovation and Research. The masterminds behind such schemes don't need to convince people that “the lies they're telling are true,” says Becker. “You have to convince us that's not true, you can't believe everything you say.”