PUBLISHED: 04:20, Fri, Oct 16, 2020 | UPDATED: 04:20, Fri, Oct 16, 2020
The video is actually a ‘deep fake’ AI produced video, made to warn about the dangers advanced technology can pose to democracy. Deep fakes are computer generated videos that appear to show people saying or doing things they never actually did.
Rapid advances in AI means deep fakes have becoming far more prevalent in the past couple of years.
Experts warn they could be used to interfere in elections by spreading misinformation.
In the clip Mr Putin is made to say: “America – you blame me for interfering with your democracy.
“But I don’t have to. You are doing it to yourselves.
“There are strings we can pull. But we don’t have to. You are pulling them for us.” (Image: RepresentUs)
President Trump addressing supporters on Thursday (Image: GETTY)
“Polling stations are closing. You don’t know who to trust. You are divided.
“There are strings we can pull. But we don’t have to. You are pulling them for us.”
RepresentUs, a US group committed to the protection of democracy, produced the clip.
The video ends with a warning from RepresentUs that “Democracy lives or died with you”.
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