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Erdogan Uses Video of New Zealand Attacks at Election Rallies

NYT > Middle East

Social media companies have been working to remove video of the New Zealand mosque attacks, which were livestreamed by the assailant. But the footage has emerged in a different place in recent days: the election rallies of Turkey's president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. At a televised rally in Antalya, in southern Turkey, on Sunday -- and twice the day before -- Mr. Erdogan used an edited version of the video to galvanize support among his Islamist followers ahead of local elections at the end of the month and criticize the Turkish opposition as weak. The attacker, identified as Brenton Tarrant, a 28-year-old Australian, posted a lengthy manifesto before the attacks that said, among other things, that Muslims should be driven out of the part of Turkey that lies west of the Bosporus. The president played fragments of the video -- with blurred images of the attack -- at several election rallies and paired them with statements by a Turkish opposition leader to equate his opponent with a notorious Australian senator, Fraser Anning, who blamed Muslim immigration for the attacks.

YouTube searches for 'RBG' led to slew of bogus conspiracy videos


As much as YouTube has done to counter hoaxes and fake news in its searches, it still has room for improvement. The Washington Post discovered that "more than half" of YouTube's top 20 search results for "RBG," the nickname for US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, were known fake conspiracy theory videos. In fact, just one of the results came from a well-established news outlet. And if you played one of those videos, the recommendations quickly shifted to more extreme conspiracies. The site addressed the skewed results shortly after the Post got in touch, promoting more authentic videos.

Watch this stop-motion music video made using 2,250 photos


Normally, stop motion kinda creeps me out (claymation, especially), but in this case I'm just shocked by how impressive this video is. This video from Canadian band Said The Whale takes stop motion to a new level, featuring a grand total of 2,250 photos and zero (they claim) special effects. Beyond the impressive video, the song "UnAmerican" is pretty catchy, too. Voice actors read lines from'The Office' as'SpongeBob SquarePants' characters Jimmy Kimmel on the Sarah Sanders doctored video: 'She should be fired for that' Stephen Colbert says Sarah Huckabee Sanders sharing doctored video is'grounds for dismissal'

Facebook removed a deepfake video of Zelensky


Facebook's policy banning deepfakes was the latest to be put to the test amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine. On Wednesday, the company confirmed it has removed a video that purportedly showed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, but was actually a shoddy deepfake. "Earlier today, our teams identified and removed a deepfake video claiming to show President Zelensky issuing a statement he never did," Meta's head of Security Policy Nathaniel Gleicher said in a statement. "It appeared on a reportedly compromised website and then started showing across the internet." He said the company pulled the video in line with its "manipulated media" policy, which has banned the use of deepfakes for more than two years.



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