The dangers of AI-generated fake news for the UK general election

As the UK approaches its next general election, the air is thick with political discourse, campaign promises, and, in some cases, misinformation. The advent of artificial intelligence (AI) has introduced a new dimension to the creation and dissemination of fake news, posing significant threats to democratic processes. AI-generated fake news can spread rapidly and convincingly, making it increasingly difficult for the public to discern truth from fiction.

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Generative AI, particularly advanced models like OpenAI's GPT-4, Google’s Gemini or Amazon’s Claude have made it possible to create highly sophisticated images and even videos that could be used in fake news.

These AI systems can produce text that is coherent, contextually relevant, and tailored to specific audiences. This capability has been exploited to craft fake news that can influence public opinion and electoral outcomes.

A notable example of AI-generated misinformation occurred in the United States during the 2020 presidential election. AI was used to create deepfake videos and false narratives that were disseminated across social media platforms, causing confusion and distrust. Similarly, in India, AI-generated fake news has been used to incite unrest and further spread distrust, illustrating the global nature of this threat.

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The Impact on the UK General Election

In the UK, the potential for AI-generated fake news to disrupt the electoral process shouldn’t be discounted. As political parties ramp up their campaigns, the risk of malicious actors using AI to generate and spread fake news increases. These actors may aim to manipulate public opinion, discredit political opponents, or create division among voters.

Fake news can take many forms, from fabricated stories about candidates to manipulated images and videos. For instance, an AI-generated deepfake video of a political leader making controversial statements could go viral, swaying public perception and potentially affecting the election outcome. Additionally, AI can be used to create convincing fake articles that appear to be from reputable news sources, further muddying the waters.

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The implications for Disabled People

People with disabilities often face unique challenges that can make them more vulnerable to scams and fake news. For example:

  • Many disabled people or those with impairments are older and may be less digitally-‘street-wise’ – being less aware of the malpractices rife throughout the digital world.
  • People with cognitive impairments may find it more difficult to critically evaluate information. This may increase their susceptibility to fake news and scams.
  • People with a vision impairment may not be able to spot flaws in AI-generated fakes.
  • Social isolation can make disabled individuals more likely to engage with online content, including fake news, as a way to connect with the world.

Thus the disabled community may find themselves at particular risk. 

Given the sophisticated nature of AI-generated fake news, traditional fact-checking methods are often insufficient. This is where innovative solutions like Ask Silver come into play.

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Introducing Ask Silver

Ask Silver logoAsk Silver ( is a service designed to help users navigate the complex landscape of misinformation. It offers several features that can be particularly effective in combating AI-generated fake news:

  1. Warning About Known Scams or Fake News: Ask Silver keeps an updated database of known scams and fake news stories. Users can access this information to stay informed about the latest threats and avoid falling victim to them.
  2. Screenshot Submission: If users come across suspicious content, they can submit screenshots to Ask Silver for analysis. The service leverages advanced AI and human expertise to determine the authenticity of the content and provide feedback to the user.
  3. Educational Resources: Ask Silver provides resources to educate users about the signs of fake news and scams, empowering them to make informed decisions and recognize misinformation.
  4. Ask Silver may be particularly beneficial for disabled people by providing a reliable source of information and tools to verify the authenticity of content. The ability to submit screenshots for analysis can be a valuable resource for those who may struggle to assess the credibility of information on their own.

Initiatives to help combat the risks of AI

As the UK general election approaches, the possibility of AI-generated fake news looms large. The ability of AI to create convincing and rapid-spreading misinformation poses a significant risk to the democratic process. 

For disabled people, who may be particularly vulnerable to misinformation, initiatives such as Ask Silver provide invaluable services that can help protect them from the dangers of fake news and scams.

As we navigate this complex digital age, leveraging such innovative solutions is crucial to maintaining the integrity of our electoral processes and safeguarding everyone – and in-particular our most vulnerable groups - from the perils of fake news

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How to report fake news or scams

There are other methods by which you can report fake news or potential scams.

Reporting Fake News

National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC)

  • Phishing Emails: Suspicious emails can be forwarded to the NCSC’s reporting service at
  • Online Reporting Tool: The NCSC provides an online tool to report cyber incidents, including those involving fake news, through their official website.

Action Fraud and the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB)

  • Fraud and Cyber Crime: Action Fraud is the UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and cybercrime. Individuals can report scams, including those spread through fake news, by visiting the Action Fraud website or by calling 0300 123 2040.


  • Broadcast and Online Content: The Office of Communications (Ofcom) regulates the content of TV, radio, and video-on-demand services. Complaints about misinformation in these media can be submitted through the Ofcom website.

Reporting Scams

Action Fraud

  • General Scams: As mentioned, Action Fraud is the main body for reporting scams. Reports can be made online or by phone.

Citizens Advice

  • Scams and Consumer Issues: Citizens Advice offers a helpline (0808 223 1133) and an online reporting tool for scams and consumer issues. Their Scams Action service provides guidance and support.

Information Commissioner's Office (ICO)

  • The ICO handles data protection and privacy issues, which can intersect with fake news and scams, particularly those involving data breaches and misuse of personal information.

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