During a recent podcast interview with his former campaign strategist David Axelrod, Obama addressed the potential issue of advanced technology increasing misinformation, specifically related to the next presidential race.
The former president pointed out that he “was the first digital president when I left office,” leading him to be “the most recorded, filmed, photographed human in history.”
“As a consequence, there’s a lot of raw material out there,” Obama continued. “So most [sic] immediately we’re going to have all the problems we had with misinformation before. This next election cycle will be worse.”
“And the need for us, for the general public, I think, to be more discriminating consumers of news and information, the need for us to, over time, develop technologies to create watermarks or digital fingerprints so we know what is true and what is not true. There’s a whole bunch of work that’s going to have to be done there, but in the short term, it’s really going to be up to the American people to [discern accurate information].”
Axelrod then pointed out that individual discretion of truthful and false information “is tough” because there is “so much being pushed at you [that] you’re predisposed to believe.”
“Obviously, we saw that during the vaccination stuff,” Obama replied. “So, I am concerned about it. And I think the best we’re going to be able to do is to constantly remind people that this is out there. I think the good news is most people now are aware that not everything that pops up on your phone is true.”
Obama added that the push for misinformation is often instigated by “those people who just want to discourage voting.” He said that having individuals refuse to vote because “it’s all rigged” leads to “advantage [for] the powerful.”
“I am worried about that kind of cynicism developing even further during the course of this next election.”
Obama’s comments come amid ongoing debate about the threat to privacy and freedom posed by a push to initiate digital identification and political tension surrounding election fraud. As Western countries such as Canada and the United Kingdom promote the installment of digital ID usage, the World Economic Forum (WEF) admitted earlier this month that the proposal is not fool proof and could lead to “surveillance and persecution of individuals or groups.”
While the former president expressed concern for the upcoming election, voter fraud was being uncovered across the country for two years after the 2020 presidential race, which put Joe Biden in office. Evidence of election law violations were found across the country, with Michigan and Texas presenting especially stark examples of foul play.
Additionally, misrepresentations of the COVID-19 “vaccines” have prompted American citizens to have a greater mistrust of government health organizations, but not for the same reasons Obama alluded to in the recent interview. While the former president advocated for vaccinations and claimed that misinformation about the shots came from those warning against them, the earliest trials of the so-called “vaccines” pointed to risks of serious side effects.
Three years later, the extent to which Big Pharma and the Biden administration misguided the public about the potentially life-threatening shots is still being unraveled. Since the rollout of the vaccines, data has found a high risk of heart issues such as myocarditis, a link which was even admitted by a Pfizer scientist. Despite the growing evidence of misinformation about the safety of the shots, those who warned the public about the truth faced censorship, including LifeSiteNews, which was permanently banned from YouTube in 2021 for allegedly violating COVID-19 information policies.