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Insulting Chants Digitally Inserted into Video of Biden During Graduation

Misbar's Editorial Team Misbar's Editorial Team
21st May 2023
Insulting Chants Digitally Inserted into Video of Biden During Graduation
The video is digitally edited (Twitter)

The Claim

A video shows crowds chanting slur as the U.S. President Joe Biden was attending his granddaughter Maisy Biden’s May 15 graduation at the University of Pennsylvania.

Emerging story

Social media users recently widely shared a video that allegedly shows crowds chanting slur at the U.S. President Joe Biden during Maisy Biden’s graduation at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Misbar’s Analysis

Misbar investigated the circulating claim and found it to be fake. The chants were digitally added to the original video.

Misbar’s team found the original video published by several media outlets and accounts and noticed that the original video does not have any offensive chants. The original video can be seen below.

Joe Biden Attends Granddaughter Maisy Biden's Graduation at University of Pennsylvania

Joe Biden, the current president of the United States, took a brief break from his presidential duties to celebrate a momentous occasion in his family's life. On Monday, Biden attended the graduation ceremony of his granddaughter, Maisy Biden, at the prestigious University of Pennsylvania.

Idina Menzel, the acclaimed actress and singer, had the honor of delivering the commencement address at the University of Pennsylvania graduation ceremony.

Following the conclusion of the graduation ceremony, Joe Biden and his family headed to a Vietnamese restaurant to celebrate this momentous occasion over lunch.

Audio Digital Editing

Audio digital editing is a process that involves manipulating and enhancing audio recordings using digital software and tools. It allows for precise control over various aspects of the audio, such as removing unwanted noise, adjusting volume levels, adding effects, and rearranging or trimming sections of the recording. 

While audio digital editing is a powerful tool for enhancing audio recordings and improving the overall quality, it can also be misused to spread misinformation and manipulate audio content. Here are a few ways in which audio digital editing can be used to spread misinformation:

  1. Voice Manipulation: Advanced audio editing software can alter the characteristics of a person's voice, allowing someone to mimic or impersonate another individual. This technique can be used to create fake audio recordings.
  2. Selective Editing: By selectively editing or removing portions of an audio recording, one can manipulate the context or change the meaning of what was originally said. Snippets of speeches or interviews can be taken out of context, giving a distorted view of the speaker's intended message.
  3. Audio Deepfakes: Using sophisticated machine learning algorithms, it is possible to generate audio deepfakes. These are artificially created audio clips that convincingly mimic the voice and speech patterns of a specific person. Deepfakes can be used to create fabricated audio recordings of public figures, politicians, or celebrities saying things they never actually said.
  4. Misleading Audio Effects: Audio effects and filters can be applied to manipulate the emotional impact or perceived authenticity of an audio recording. For instance, adding background noises or altering the acoustics of a recording can create a false sense of location or atmosphere.
  5. Disguising Audio Edits: Skilled audio editors can disguise their manipulations by carefully matching audio edits to the original recording's characteristics. Seamless transitions and removal of audible artifacts can make it difficult for listeners to detect alterations, further perpetuating misinformation.

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