Creeps Are Making AI-Generated Porn Using Celeb Faces

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As if female celebrities don’t have enough to worry about in regards to creepy strangers on the internet, now people are making fake porn using their faces.

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Motherboard reports that people keep making “deepfakes,” which are AI-assisted porn videos using celebrity faces. After a Redditor named deepfakes started releasing videos involving Taylor Swift, Maisie Williams, and Gal Gadot late last year using machine-learning, another Redditor was inspired to create an app to help other make similar fake porn.

While the technology is still in the early stages, it’s only getting more sophisticated and widespread. “You can make fake videos with neural networks today, but people will be able to tell that you’ve done that if you look closely, and some of the techniques involved remain pretty advanced,” chief computer scientist for the Electronic Frontier Foundation Peter Eckersley told the site. “That’s not going to stay true for more than a year or two.”

The future possibilities for this app are clearly terrifying. Just as lawmakers are struggling to make real revenge porn illegal, the deepfake universe has bow made it disturbingly easy for anyone to make fake revenge porn of civilians. And I don’t even want to think about the day when we can no longer tell the difference between the fake faces and real ones.

Hazel Cills is the Pop Culture Reporter at Jezebel. Her writing has been published by outlets including The Los Angeles Times, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, The New York Times Magazine, ELLE, and more.

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Pearl Lester

Twenty years of teaching and I strive to keep my image off the Intertubz because of a fear of photoshopping shenanigans. Then out came the smartphones and the Snopchop and I’ve been faceswapped and memed and it’s all been in good fun. One day it won’t be, I suspect. I can just hear the local news broadcaster drone, “Area teacher, Pearl Lester, caught in a scandalous video...” and me cringing in humiliation so hard that my body caves in on itself. Maybe there will be a day where all of us will be in a deepfake porn so that none of us can be condemned. Like it is with tattoos now, sorta.