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Greta Thunberg hit with deepfake showing her calling for 'sustainable weapons'

Greta Thunberg hit with deepfake showing her calling for 'sustainable weapons'

Greta Thunberg hit with deepfake showing her calling for 'sustainable weapons'


Climate activist Greta Thunberg has become the latest victim of deepfakes, after a video of her appearing on the BBC in November 2022 was digitally edited to show her supporting "sustainable" war tanks and weaponry.

A video was shared on Twitter/X that originated from the YouTube channel Snicklink - which posts edited video for satire - and was titled "Greta Thunberg: VEGAN WARS #satire." The video had 'SATIRE' in the bottom right hand corner.

In the edited clip Thunberg seemingly says: "War is always bad, specifically for the planet. If we want to continue fighting battles like environmentally conscious humans, we must make the change to sustainable tanks and weaponry.

"If you use hand grenades, please use vegan grenades. No animal should have to give their life for this mayhem and chaos. They have a special sticker on them. You really can't miss them in the grenade market, or wherever you buy them. Yeah, I cover all this and more in my new book Vegan Wars."

The video which has been viewed over 3 million times according to Twitter/X has a community note attached to it letting viewers know that "Greta's mouth and her voice were deepfaked".

Whilst it is fairly easy to tell the video is edited when looking close enough, or even simply noticing the massive 'SATIRE' sign in the corner, many were seemingly fooled.

"This can only come from a moron in the west [with] no actual real life problems," wrote one riled up user:

"Why is anybody listening to this deluded clown girl?" wrote another.

The deepfake used genuine footage of the 20-year-old appearing on the BBC to promote her book The Climate Book, where she spoke about climate anxiety and her activism.

You can watch the original clip here:

Greta Thunberg on how to tackle climate anxiety | The One Show -

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