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Today, anyone can make their own deepfakes using free software like FakeApp or Faceswap. Reporting on deepfakes has emphasized their potential for disinformation. But, writes @internetmaggie, this panic ignores the harm they currently cause. Read on:… 3/5
Deepfakes are a powerful new genre of digital media, and they represent a creative practice with huge potential. But they also pose a threat to consent, bodily autonomy, and intellectual property.… 4/5
Have you encountered deepfakes online? Leave your thoughts in the replies below, and read @internetmaggie’s article “The Double Exploitation of Deepfake Porn” here:… 5/5 #technology

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