Did Taylor Swift say the US couldn’t prevent an invasion of Taiwan?

A claim emerged in Chinese-language social media posts that American pop star Taylor Swift had recently stated on a talk show that the United States lacked the ability to prevent an invasion of Taiwan. The posts cited several screenshots purportedly taken from the episode of the show.
Invasion of Taiwan:- A claim emerged in Chinese-language social media posts that American pop star Taylor Swift had recently stated on a talk show that the United States lacked the ability to prevent an invasion of Taiwan. [RFA]
Invasion of Taiwan:- A claim emerged in Chinese-language social media posts that American pop star Taylor Swift had recently stated on a talk show that the United States lacked the ability to prevent an invasion of Taiwan. [RFA]

Invasion of Taiwan:- A claim emerged in Chinese-language social media posts that American pop star Taylor Swift had recently stated on a talk show that the United States lacked the ability to prevent an invasion of Taiwan. The posts cited several screenshots purportedly taken from the episode of the show. 

But the claim is false. Screenshots were taken from an interview with Swift on “Late Night with Seth Meyers” aired in 2021. During the show, she made no mention of the U.S., Taiwan or an invasion. 

The claim was shared on the popular Chinese social media platform Weibo on March 25. It shared multiple screenshots of an X post uploaded a day before.

“Taylor Swift recently revealed her concern about our ability to deter an invasion of Taiwan on Late Night,” the post reads in part. 

A reverse image search found the screenshots were taken from Swift’s 2021 appearance on “Late Night with Seth Meyers.” A review of the interview found Swift made no mention of the U.S., Taiwan or an invasion.

Keyword searches also found no credible reports to show that Swift ever stated the U.S. lacked the ability to prevent an invasion of Taiwan.

Clips taken from this same interview had previously been used as material for a widely spread AI produced video of Swift speaking Mandarin. RFA/SP

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