Deepfake video of Biden reciting Islamic prayers circulates online

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A video showing US President Joe Biden reciting Islamic prayers in Arabic has been circulating widely on WhatsApp.

OUR VERDICT: The claim that the video shows Joe Biden reciting Islamic prayers in Arabic is FALSE; the footage is AI-generated.

A video showing US President Joe Biden reciting Islamic prayers in Arabic has been circulating widely on WhatsApp.

The 50-second footage of President Biden speaking in Arabic language is accompanied by a claim that stated thus:

President of USA Joe Biden recites Dua in Arabic @ 82. Dis e don pan cam.
VICTORY TO ISLAM.
ALLAHU AKBARR

Part of the footage’s audio transcribed read:

The verse that I like a lot is very beautiful. It is called du’a Kumayl. I read it every Thursday before going to bed…

Thereafter, he recited the dua in Arabic.

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This claim has been forwarded on many closed WhatsApp groups, from where it was retrieved by our fact-checker.

 

CLAIM

Video shows Joe Biden reciting Islamic prayers in Arabic.

 

THE FINDINGS

Findings by The FactCheckHub show that the claim is FALSE, as the video has been doctored.

Screenshot of the claim retrieved from a WhatsApp group. INSERT: False verdict.
Screenshot of the claim retrieved from a WhatsApp group. INSERT: False verdict.

A cursory look at the video shows that the footage was likely AI-generated as the lips and eyes didn’t synchronize with the audio throughout the 50 seconds, a common feature peculiar to AI-generated videos.

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Further checks also revealed that the original footage was dubbed from a Biden’s interview with the CBS that was published on TikTok by the New York Post in October 2023.

 

THE VERDICT

The claim that the video shows Joe Biden reciting Islamic prayers in Arabic is FALSE; the footage is AI-generated.

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