McAfee Report: 22% of Indians Encounter Political Deepfakes

  • 29 Apr 2024

In April 2024, McAfee's report highlighted that 22% of surveyed Indians have encountered political deepfakes, raising concerns about cyberbullying and fake content.

Key Points

  • Diverse Concerns: Survey respondents expressed worries about various deepfake-related issues, including cyberbullying, fake pornography, scams, impersonations, and electoral influence.
  • Technological Advancements: Advancements in AI, including large language models and text-to-image generators, have made creating and spreading false media easier and cheaper, posing challenges for social media platforms.
  • Underreported Cases: Report suggests that the actual number of individuals impacted by deepfakes might be higher due to underreporting and people not realizing they were deceived.
  • Lack of Regulation in India: While major tech platforms prepare AI protocols for the U.S. elections, India lacks similar measures, leaving voters vulnerable to deepfake manipulation.
  • Magnified Issue in India: India faces a surge in deepfake scams, with prominent public figures often impersonated, leading to the rapid spread of false content on social media platforms like WhatsApp and Telegram.