Fact Checkers debunk new Senegalese President viral video as a deepfake

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Sonko fake video

Unless you don’t care at all about politics you probably came across this viral video this week:

If you follow Zimbabwe’s politics then you also probably read former cabinet minister Jonathan Moyo’s comment when he tweeted the video:


It is manifestly clear from what he says on this video clip and indeed from what he has said elsewhere in his related public engagements that Bassirou Diomaye Faye, Senegal’s history-making 44-year-old President-Elect, is an ideologically solid, articulate and progressive African nationalist par excellence; with a generational difference rooted in the African experience. 

It wasn’t just Moyo. The video went viral. Even our colleagues at Pindula shared it on their WhatsApp channel.


It turns out a lot about the video is not true.

The person in the video is not Bassirou Diomaye Faye, Senegal’s President Elect. It’s Ousmane Sonko, who is said to be Faye’s mentor. This ofcourse can just verified by checking Faye’s pictures on the internet. He’s not the person in the video.

But incorrect captions aside, the video itself is a Deepfake. Fact-checkers at The Cable in Nigeria have established it’s a manipulated version of a press conference held by Sonko in 2021.

Sonko delivered the speech in French, and even then, maybe he did not say all the things he was made to say in the English video.

Faked information or just faked video?

TheCable’s investigation establishes the video is fake. But is the information fake as well? Is it maybe just a translation of Sonko’s speech?

The video of the actual press conference is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYBP_X1ddyo

And Sonko tweeted a thread of what TheCable says is a transcription of the speech here: https://twitter.com/SonkoOfficiel/status/1410981086801403904

Techzim asked Gemini, Google’s Generative AI tool, to translate Sonko’s X thread, so we could determine if it agrees with information in the AI generated Deepfake. Gemini gave us a summary of the thread, which did not mention France at all.

So we asked it for a direct translation instead, and that did contain criticism of France by Sonko. In fact it contained some words used in the Deepfake:

…it is time for France to lift its knee from our neck and do as its European peers (Germany, Italy, Spain, Great Britain, Sweden, Netherlands, etc.) who prosper without sucking the blood of the former colonies.

The other thing is that Sonko’s French speech in the video is 1 hour 30 mins long. His X thread on the other hand has just 1,340 words, which would maybe account for 15-30 minutes of the speech? It’s hard to says without understanding both languages.

The video is faked. And the intention of its creation seems to have been to deceive. How do you give benefit of “maybe it just translation” doubt to it?


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  1. 🆗

    On X Zimbos went overboard to vilify Chamisa as a puppet of the west as Faye was praised as a Pan African.
    We will never be reconciled politically in this country because we are deeply divided.

    1. Kobr∆ Kommander

      If you can answer on who divides people, then perhaps we have a chance to stop it before it’s too late and the country is not too far gone.

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  2. Alternative Histories

    The potential impact of AI-generated content on historical narratives is genuinely unsettling. Consider the scenario where ‘lost’ media suddenly resurfaces, recontextualizing some of the most reprehensible events in modern history. It could also muddy the waters when deciphering what prominent figures or those around them truly said. The risk of incitement becomes all too real. Just imagine stumbling upon an archived hot mic recording of Ian Smith, where he candidly admits to believing in black rule, but acknowledges that Britain and the West would only allow the transition of a strong, industrialised Zimbabwe if he built it and then ‘lost’ it while he played the role of the villain. 😂

    Anyway, lets hope such nonsense wont kneecap AI development by having governments stick their fingers in every line of code.

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      AI is already out of control , I remember reading a story about a US school where ” bullies” would generate deepfake XXX images of classmates and post them on the net.
      The situation is similar to what we saw during the crypto hype period.
      And just like what we saw with cryptos, the legislation will only kick in after the disasters manifest.

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      1. Anon

        The slowdown started with Techzim , now it’s Pindula, what’s going on?

      2. Gagashe

        Zim is tough Ano. Though w’all need to rest – essential services don’t have to.

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  7. Joseph Frank Appiah-Nyamekye

    What developments are we seeing on social media nowadays. Whoever faked Faye and used Sonko’s speech of 2021 to make it appear as a speech delivered by Faye. What’s the rational behind this act ? Is an act like this not punishable? How does Faye himself respond to such video purpurted to have been made by him, or we are being made to believe was made by him, which is now being debunked by Facts Check ? Is he comfortable with his name being associated with a video niw being debunked as not coming from him ?

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        A Committee formed from those Ministries directly involved with the Soviet Aviation Industry – Ministry of Aircraft Industry, Defence, Civil Aviation, Higher and Specialised Education and Foreign Trade.

        1. Su/Mig/Tupo Lovers Club 🧿

          Making use of that education you spend most of your young life doing…..

          GAZ Gosudarslvenny Aviatsionny Zavod (State Aircraft Factory).
          GKAT Gosudarslvenny Komilet Aviatsionny Teknniki (State Committee for Aviation Equipment).
          GKO Gosudarslvenny Komilet Oborony (State Committee for Defence).
          GosNIIAS State Research Institute of Aviation Systems.
          ICBM intercontinental Ballistic Missile.
          IFR In-flight refuelling.
          IstrebiteP Fighter.
          Izdeliye Product, Article or Aircraft.
          Laminar Flow Wing Specifically designed to ensure a smooth flow of air over its surfaces with uniform separation between the layers of air.
          LERX Leading edge root extensions.
          LII Flight Test Research Institute of the Ministry of Aircraft Industry (MAP).
          Mach Number Ratio of aeroplane’s speed to that of sound in the surrounding medium -expressed as a decimal.
          MAI Moskovskii Avialsionii Inslitut (Moscow Aviation Institute).
          MAP Minislerstvo Aviatsionnoy Promysh Lennosli (Ministry of Aircraft Industry).
          NATO North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.
          Nil WS Nauchno Issledovatelyskii Inslitut (Soviet Air Force Scientific and Research Institute based at Akhtoobinsk).
          N KAP Narodny Komissariat Aviatsionnoi Promyshlennosti (People’s Commissariat for Heavy Industry).
          NTS Scientific and Technical Committee.
          OKB Opytno Konstruklorskoye Byuro (Experimental Construction/Design Bureau).
          Politburo The Central Committee of the Communist Party. This was responsible for policy and worked with the Council of Ministers.
          PVO Prolivovozdushnaya Oborona (Air Defence Forces).
          RATOG Rocket-Assisted Take-Off Gear.
          SibNIA Siberian Scientific Institute of Aerodynamics S/L Sea level SKB Special Design Bureau.
          SovMin Soviet Ministry.
          STOL Short Take-Off and Landing.
          STOVL Short Take-Off and Vertical Landing.
          t/c Thickness/chord ratio.
          Transonic Flight The speed range either side of Mach 1.0 where an aircraft has both subsonic and supersonic airflow passing over it at the same time.
          TsAGI Tsentrahl’nyy Aero-i Ghidrodinameecheskiy Institoot (Central State Aerodynamic and Hydrodynamic Institute), Zhukovsky.
          TsIAM Central Institute of Aviation Motors.
          VG Variable Geometry VIAM Vsesoyuzny Inslitut Aviatsionnykh Malerialov (All-Union Institute for Aviation Materials).
          VRD Vozdooshno-Reaktivnyy Dvigalel (Air Reaction Engine).
          V/STOL Vertical/Short Take-Off and Landing.
          VTOL Vertical Take-Off and Landing.
          WS Voenno-Vozdushniye Sily (Air Force of the USSR).

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            How far with Reaction Engine’s reusable space plane. Skylon? Sabre Engine?

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          These are the same people chasing you around, they have no shame.

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