A deep version of Queen Elizabeth II is due to deliver an alternative Christmas message this year in which it will issue a “sharp warning” about the rapid spread of fake news and misinformation in the digital age.
The four-minute film will air on Channel 4, while the Queen gives her traditional Christmas speech on the BBC and ITV ITV,
“For almost seventy years, I have maintained a tradition of addressing you on Christmas,” says the digitally created monarch, voiced by actress Debra Stephenson, according to a transcript of the speech released by Channel 4.
“But on the BBC, I couldn’t always speak openly and from the heart. So, I am grateful to Channel 4 for giving me the opportunity to say whatever I want without anyone putting words in my mouth. “
The deeply false “Queen” will also share her thoughts on the departure of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex – Prince Harry and Meghan Markle – from the UK, saying: “There are several things that are more harmful than someone telling you they prefer the company of Canadians.” She says, before she started the TikTok dance routine.
Buckingham Palace did not comment on the video.
Experts have warned of the rapid advancement of artificial intelligence and machine learning technology, which means that it is now possible to create hyper-realistic video content by cloning voices and other effects and using them to spread misinformation.
Ian Katz, Channel 4 program director, said that deepfake technology is a “frightening new frontier” in the fight between misinformation and truth. “This year’s alternative Christmas address – seemingly held by one of the state’s most famous and trusted personalities – is a powerful reminder that we can no longer believe our own eyes.”
However, the BBC’s royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell, who was watching the speech, said it was not a particularly good imitation. “The voice sounds the way it is – a pretty bad attempt to misrepresent yourself. What is worrying is the use of video technology to try to synchronize her lips with the spoken words, ”he wrote in the post.
Others tweeted the video on Twitter, and many claim that the insult to the head of state was distasteful and disrespectful.