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Deepfake danger: what a viral clip of Bill Hader morphing into Tom Cruise tells us

August 13, 2019 at 04:05PM

Are deepfakes a threat to democracy? The creator of a series of viral clips says he is raising awareness of their subversive potential

You’ve heard of deepfakes – doctored videos fabricating apparently real footage of people – and their potential to disrupt democracy. But this might be the clip that makes you believe it.

A YouTube clip of Saturday Night Live’s Bill Hader in conversation with David Letterman on his late night show in 2008 has gone viral for showing Hader doing an impression of Tom Cruise – as his face subtly shifts into Cruise’s.

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