Fake interview with Michael Schumacher – level 3

26-04-2023 07:00

The German magazine, Die Aktuelle, owned by Funke media group, has apologized to the family of Michael Schumacher and sacked the editor who published an AI-generated interview with the seven-times F1 world champion.

Schumacher hasn’t been seen in public since 2013 after suffering a serious brain injury in a skiing accident. His family announced plans for legal action against the magazine. Funke managing director Bianca Pohlmann stated the article was tasteless and misleading and failed to meet the publisher’s journalistic standards. The magazine had featured a front cover with a picture of a smiling Schumacher alongside the headline ‘Michael Schumacher, the first interview’. The strapline read sounded deceptively real.

Schumacher’s family maintains strict privacy about the former driver’s condition.

Difficult words: strapline (a short, easily remembered phrase), deceptively (in a way that makes people believe something that’s not true).

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