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A deepfake video of former Indonesian president Suharto has gone viral on social media platforms ahead of the upcoming elections. The video, created using AI-generated deepfake technology, features a cloned version of Suharto's face and voice. Despite the video's attempt to convince viewers otherwise, the real Suharto passed away in 2008. The video was shared by the political party Golkar, which aims to associate itself with Suharto's legacy and encourage voters to support their candidate.
The video was an AI-generated deepfake, created using tools that cloned Suharto's face and voice. The video was made to remind us how important our votes are in the upcoming election, said Erwin Aksa, deputy chairman of Golkar.
Critics have raised ethical concerns about using a deceased leader's face and voice for political propaganda. Some online users expressed their disapproval of the deepfake video and its attempt to deceive and manipulate voters. However, supporters of Golkar praised Suharto's leadership and credited him for Indonesia's development.
This is the state of our country today bringing dead dictators back to life to fool and scare us into votes, wrote one Indonesian on X.