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US cites AI deepfakes as reason to keep Biden recording with Robert Hur secret

US cites AI deepfakes as reason to keep Biden recording with Robert Hur secret
DoJ filing says president’s interview with special counsel about handling of classified documents could be ‘improperly altered’

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The US Department of Justice is fighting to keep a recording of an interview with President Joe Biden from being made public, citing the risk of AI-generated deepfakes as a reason for their refusal. The conversation about Biden's handling of classified documents has become a source of political contention, with Republicans pushing for the release of the recordings and the White House moving to block them. The justice department's filing argues that releasing the recording would increase public awareness and make it more believable when people encounter doctored versions of it. This argument presents a new legal battle over the balance between transparency and preventing the spread of misinformation. The conversation about Biden's mental faculties has reignited a longstanding conservative campaign, and while transcripts of the interview are public, conservative groups and House Republicans have taken legal action to demand the release of the recorded audio. The justice department's filing pushes back against many of the conservative claims about the recording, and highlights the potential for deepfakes to be created in attempts to swing political opinion.

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