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A video starring Elon Musk giving an onstage interview in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, is being misrepresented on social media.
"Elon Musk and the Dubai billionaire have unveiled new software called ‘Quantum AI,’" a narrator says in the video that shows the Tesla CEO’s and another man speaking on a stage before an audience. "They have already invested more than $54 billion in this project."
Text below the video says: "Elon Musk just revealed his secret in an interview, sending banks into panic and thousands of people flocking to ATMs."
And a Nov. 15 Facebook post sharing the video adds to the confusion: "Allegations against Tesla confirmed! The news this morning shocked everyone!"
But it’s all nonsense, and this post was flagged as part of Meta’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Meta, which owns Facebook and Instagram.)
The post’s video is from 2017 and has nothing to do with software called Quantum AI. It shows Musk talking to Mohammad Al Gergawi, minister of cabinet affairs for the United Arab Emirates, during a world government summit in Dubai. Musk talked about Tesla’s plan for the emirates.
We rate claims that Musk and a Dubai billionaire debuted "Quantum AI" — much less that this video shows that happening — False.
Facebook post, Nov. 15, 2023
PolitiFact, Altered video appears to show Elon Musk talking about a ‘passive income’ opportunity. It’s fake, Aug. 22, 2023
Business Insider, Dubai is buying 200 Tesla vehicles as part of its ambitious self-driving taxi plan, Feb. 14, 2017
The Wall Street Journal, Tesla Makes First Foray Into Middle East, Feb. 13, 2017
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