AI-altered Hitler's speech goes viral on X

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AI-altered video clips of Adolf Hitler's 1939 Reichstag speech at the beginning of World War II have recently gone viral. In the speech, Hitler declared that the coming war would bring “the destruction of the Jewish race in Europe.” While Hitler said this, the speech was translated from German to English in the video clip. According to X, the video, which contains text that makes it clear the speech was an AI audio translation, has been viewed more than 15 million times.

Both videos were first shared Thursday by a highly influential far-right conspiracy influencer known as Dom Lucre on X, who has previously shared child abuse imagery.

In the comments accompanying the video on X, Lucre claimed he was simply “sharing the news as I always do,” and warned that the videos are “extremely anti-Semitic.” However, comments on the video indicate that viewers have formed their own opinions.

“I'm starting to think maybe we lost World War II,” wrote one commenter with a verified X account. Another follower wrote, “Looks like these guys care about their country above everything else.” Many others shared links to the 2017 neo-Nazi film Europa: The Last Battle,

Another conspiracy theorist, Owen Benjamin, also commented on the AI ​​Hitler videos and mistakenly claimed they showed that the dictator “didn't want to go to war and was punishing other countries for not helping.” [Jews], Benjamin's tweet has been viewed more than 35 lakh times.

Ax did not respond to WIRED's request for comment.

The video clip appears to be taken from a video first posted on YouTube two months ago by an account called Time Unveiled, which also posted AI-translated videos featuring Osama bin Laden, Joseph Stalin and Hideki Tojo .

In the description section of the Hitler video on YouTube, the creators said they used technology from voice-cloning startup ElevenLabs to generate the audio. ElevenLabs' technology also came under criticism earlier this year when it was used to help create an AI-generated robocall impersonating President Joe Biden. ElevenLabs and YouTube did not respond to requests for comment.

Lucre also posted a video on his Instagram account, although it did not get as much attention as his post on X. Instagram did not respond to WIRED's request for comment, and while Lucre's account is still active, the video was removed from the platform over the weekend.

Lucre, whose real name is Dominic McGee, has become a highly influential figure in conspiracy circles, where he shares QAnon material and GOP commentary, much of it replaced with images or video. His content is often shared by prominent lawmakers, including former President Donald Trump.

Lucre first came to national attention last July when Elon Musk personally intervened to reinstate his account, despite the fact that Lucre had posted child abuse images just days earlier, going against company policy. Were.