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. css-14iz86j-BoldText {font-weight: bold;} This year’s alternative Christmas message from Channel 4 is delivered by a deepfake of the queen.

As the Queen delivers her traditional message on the BBC and ITV, her digitally created doppelganger will share his “thoughts” on Channel 4.

Channel 4 said the intent is to give a “strong warning” about fake news in the digital age.

Deepfake technology can be used to create compelling but completely fictional video content and is widely used to spread misinformation.

The five minute message covers a number of controversial issues including the decision of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to leave the United Kingdom. It will also reference the Duke of York’s decision to step down from his royal duties earlier this year after giving the BBC an interview about his relationship with sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

The BBC royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell was not impressed: “There have been countless imitations of the Queen. This is not a particularly good one.

“The voice sounds like it is – a pretty bad attempt at impersonating it. What makes it worrying is the use of video technology to try to synchronize her lips with the words being spoken. “

Some members of the public have also suggested that the video is “disrespectful” of social media posts.

Media watchman Ofcom said it had received “a small number of complaints” but since it is a post-broadcast regulator, it has not been able to consider them at this time.

While current technology allows voice deepfakes, the voice of this deepfake is dubbed by British actress Debra Stephenson.

The TV star was previously the voice of one of the monarch’s puppets in the 2020 revival of the satirical sketch show Spitting Image.

Stephenson said, “As an actress, it’s exciting, but it’s also terrifying when you consider how this could be used in other contexts. “

At that time, a developer was adapting state-of-the-art artificial intelligence techniques to create software that swapped one person’s face for another.

There are now numerous apps that require only a single photo to replace that of the user with a Hollywood actor.

The company hoped to help fight disinformation, but experts warned that advances in technology could make it out of date.

Nina Schick, author of Deep Fakes and the Infocalypse, told the BBC there was growing concern about the other malicious ways in which deepfake technology could be used.

“While it is tremendous commercial and creative opportunity, transforming entire industries from entertainment to communication, it is also a technology that will be armed.

The alternative Christmas message will be on 25. Screened on Channel 4 at 3:25 p.m. GMT on December 7th.

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