Grateful to @_KarenHao for sensitively reporting my discovery of this deepfake app that makes non-consensual faceswapping into pornographic footage disturbingly accessible.

We knew this was coming, but it didn't make discovering it any less shocking.…
This app mirrors the Telegram bot I discovered last year that had over 100k users. 67% stated they were using it to 'strip' images of women they knew in real life.

The more accessible the tool, the more its harm scales and affects private individuals.

Today, intimate image abuse targeting women remains the most common malicious use of deepfakes by a wide margin.

Yet far too often do we see it neglected in relation to other malicious uses that do need addressing, but represent a tiny fraction of present-day harm in comparison.

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19 Mar
I had my reservations about the story of a mom making deepfakes of her daughter's cheerleading rivals.

One of the videos released by abc doesn't appear to be a deepfake, but they still label it as one without substantial proof or analysis.

The following aspects make it highly unlikely that this video is a deepfake:

1) the vape pen/cloud/hand moving over the girl's face

2) the face moving outside the video frame

3) the awkward facial angles

4) the very low video resolution and high saturation

These aspects could be accounted for, but it would likely require a huge amount of work by a deepfake expert, with editing in post.

Given the mom is alleged to have generated the deepfakes using an app, it's unlikely that this video and the others are deepfakes.

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1 Mar
I shared my thoughts on TikTok's viral Tom Cruise deepfakes with @thetimes' @tkbeynon.

Whilst these deepfakes have concerned many, the realism can be largely attributed to the interplay of three limiting factors.…
1) The impersonator's excellent performance mirroring Cruise's speech, accent, mannerisms, gait, and appearance.

2) The expertise of a professional 'deepfaker', who likely spent many hours generating the faceswap and applying post-production edits.
3) The viewing context of TikTok, where users largely scroll through fast-moving video feeds on small phone screens (hiding some visual flaws in the videos)

Given these limiting factors, highly realistic deepfakes aren't likely to become widely accessible anytime soon.
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