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Man who looks like Elon Musk named ‘Yi Long Musk’ but deepfake suspected

Recently a video of a man who looks astonishingly alike Tesla CEO Elon Musk went viral on social media.

The video first surfaced on Douyin, and was subsequently reposted to TikTok and Facebook, the latter of which garnered over 1,800 shares in about a week’s time.

The unidentified man’s resemblance to Musk, who is the richest man in the world and whose face recently graced Time Magazine‘s covers as 2021 Person of the Year, is uncanny.

Some online users, as well as 9Gag, have taken to calling the lookalike “Yi Long Musk”.


Netizens expressed their surprise and awe at the man’s similar appearance, with some commenting in a tongue-in-cheek manner that the Chinese “have a replica of everything”. Others who were more sceptical pointed out that the video could be a deepfake.

Deepfake technology uses artificial intelligence to swap faces in videos and digital content to make very realistic-looking, but falsified, media. With deepfake, a person’s appearance can be replicated by another person in a video.

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