Viral Fake Compilation Video of South Korea President Under Fire From Standards Commission

In an emergency meeting on Friday, the KCSC unanimously granted a police request, deciding that the video has the potential to cause significant social confusion, reports Yonhap.

 

"Incompetent and corrupt" and "Ideology that deviates from common sense." (Screenshot TikTok)

A compilation video featuring South Korea’s President Yoon Suk-yeol delivering a speech has gone viral on social media in South Korea, prompting the country’s independent media regulation agency to seek its removal from all social media channels.

The 46-second video shows President Yoon saying things such as “I, Yoon Suk-yeol, have been enforcing laws that harass our nation,”and “I ruined our country and made its people suffer by clinging on to an ideology that deviates from common sense,” reports the Korea Herald.

The video was originally thought to be a deepfake, but further investigation revealed it to be a manipulated compilation of Yoon’s statements from a televised debate in February 2022 when he was running for president.


 

Since going viral, the video, titled “President Yoon’s Fictionalized Sincere Confession Speech,” has been widely shared across TikTok, Facebook, and Instagram.

The Korea Communications Standards Commission (KCSC) unanimously decided to remove and block the video at a subcommittee meeting on Feb 23, following a police request the Korea Times reported.

The KCSC explained that the video was “likely to mislead the public into thinking that the President had made the relevant remarks”.

President Yoon’s office warned of a strong response to the fabricated video, reports the Times.


 

The police have begun an additional investigation into whether the video creator could be charged with defamation by false information and whether the video could be considered a violation of the Public Official Election Act.

Police are investigating potential defamation charges and violations of the Public Official Election Act against the video creator. Penalties for such offenses could include up to seven years in prison or fines of up to 50 million won ($38,000).

“Even if the viral video of President Yoon is labeled as fake, it should still be eradicated, as edited versions of the video without the label are widely being spread across social media,” presidential office spokeswoman Kim Soo-kyung said in a press briefing on Feb 23.

“Furthermore, the presidential office will take strong actions against such false and manipulative videos in the future.”

This is a growing problem according to the Herald, with the NEC saying earlier this week that from Jan. 29 to Feb. 20. it has identified as many as 129 fake videos in violation of the Public Official Election Act.

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