Using AI technology to synthesize rumor-mongering videos for profit, Zhejiang’s first gang-produced fake video case was pronounced
More than 20 rumor-mongering videos were synthesized using AI technology and posted to multiple popular video platforms for profit. The Paper learned from the Shangyu District Court of Shaoxing City, Zhejiang Province on November 21 that the court recently sentenced a gang to use AI technology to synthesize false videos to obtain illegal benefits and deliberately spread false information. The court sentenced the defendants Zhang and Chen to one year and one month in prison, suspended for one year and six months.
According to previous reports by The Paper, in early June this year, Shangyu police found during an inspection that netizens posted videos about the fire in Shangyu Industrial Park, and the number of views increased rapidly. The police verified that the video was false information, identified an Internet company from another province as suspected of committing the crime, and arrested three suspects including Zhang Moumou.
According to reports, Zhang and Chen are the bosses of the company involved, and employee Tang is the publisher of the fake video. The company initially focused on animation editing, but because a video was posted on multiple platforms at the same time, a large number of its platform accounts were blocked. In order to avoid plagiarism checks on the platform and increase the number of clicks, the company began to use software to splice multiple Internet hotspot elements into a new video and publish it in May. Tang Mou spliced the "Shangyu Industrial Park Fire" at the request of Zhang and Chen. video.
This case is the first case of fake videos produced by a gang in Zhejiang, and the Shangyu District Procuratorate intervened in advance. After investigation, Zhang Moumou was responsible for technology and training in the company, and Chen Moumou was responsible for personnel and operations. Zhang Moumou purchased multiple platform accounts through the Internet, and Chen Moumou taught the three team leaders how to use software to make videos. The group leader taught more than 10 group members. As of the incident, the company had illegally purchased more than 2,900 platform accounts and published more than 10,000 unverified videos covering many provinces. Among them, 20 false videos involving police situations, disaster situations, and dangerous situations had been clicked more than 1.6 million times.
The Shangyu Court held that the defendants Zhang and Chen collaborated with others to fabricate false dangers, disasters, and police information and spread them on the Internet platform, seriously disrupting social order. Their actions constituted the crime of fabricating and deliberately spreading false information. Based on the circumstances and nature of the two defendants' crimes, as well as their confession and repentance, the court finally made the above verdict. Tang Mou handled another case.