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“Deepfakes” are a troubling new trend for porn

“Deepfakes” are a troubling new trend for porn

February 14
09:30 2018

“Deepfakes” are new pornographic clips featuring some of Hollywood’s biggest stars.

But, these clips were not leaked by internet hackers from the personal files of these celebrities, nor were they released by porn studios with celebrity lookalikes.

Instead, they are real pornographic clips with faces of Hollywood’s biggest stars cropped onto actual porn stars.

Deepfakes are achieved with the help of artificial intelligence and some clever Photoshop by swapping the faces of porn stars with the faces of actors, musicians and even politicians.

A user on Reddit this past December began flooding the app with these Deepfake videos, “starring” singers and actresses like Taylor Swift, Emma Watson and Natalie Portman.

Unfortunately, these few celebrities were not the only ones whose faces were used in sexually explicit videos orchestrated by the Deepfake AI algorithm.

Fortunately, the two social media outlets where these videos were first released on, Reddit and Twitter, have banned “Deepfake” videos on each of their respective services. 

However, in January, before these videos were blocked, another Reddit user published an app which allows anyone to produce these Deepfake videos, without relatively any grueling technological processes.

If these Deepfake videos are to gain further momentum on porn websites and other XXX rated websites, it could mean big trouble for Hollywood and the concept of revenge porn.

Any random person could crop any famous person’s face onto a sexually explicit video and release it to the public. How are we, as the public, then supposed to distinguish between what is actually real and what is fake? These Deepfake videos present a very troubling reality in the porn industry.

Just like a couple of years ago when many famous celebrities’ nude pictures were leaked, including Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton, Deepfakes will once again put celebrities’ private lives and business into the public.

Yes, these videos may not technically be real, but it will still infiltrate the lives of these celebrities in the most inappropriate, invasive way possible.

Not only can celebrities faces be put in these videos, but people have the ability to put anybody’s face in these videos. Now, a random person could insert their crush’s face into one of these Deepfake videos to see a sexually explicit video featuring their crush. Just creepy, right?

One of the more troubling aspects rooting from these videos is the idea of revenge porn being utilized by these videos.

I don’t need to explain what revenge porn is to you, but anybody who has been dumped who wants to get back at their ex, could easily insert their face into one of these videos and post it to social media everywhere and claim it really is the person who dumped them.

Revenge porn is already a troubling thing, but these Deepfake videos could make it even more of a serious, invasive issue.

As if these past few years haven’t felt enough like we are living in an episode of “Black Mirror,” Deepfakes come along to further prove we actually might be living in one after all this time.

Featured Image: Illustration by Austin Banzon

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