Tech & Science Deepfakes: Reddit bans AI-generated fake celebrity porn

18:30  12 february  2018
18:30  12 february  2018 Source:   theweek.co.uk

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Several top web firms are taking action against users who spread fake porn videos of celebrities on their sites, also known as ‘ deepfakes .’. Pornhub, Twitter and Reddit have all banned the AI - generated porn from being posted on their platforms, saying it falls under the guidelines of non-consensual porn

Reddit is no longer tolerating the bizarre Deepfakes trend that shaped up on its platform: the company has banned the controversial forum that churned out heaps of fake celebrity porn entirely generated by an AI .

Deepfakes: Reddit bans AI-generated fake celebrity porn © Reddit Deepfakes: Reddit bans AI-generated fake celebrity porn

Reddit has joined a growing number of social networks in banning fake celebrity pornography generated by artificial intelligence (AI). 

The ban includes content created and shared by members of a subreddit chat forum set up by a user known as deepfakes. The group used AI-powered software to make masks of celebrities and place them onto the bodies of porn performers in adult videos.

Celebrities whose likenesses have been used include Wonder Woman star Gal Dadot, Scarlett Johansson and Star Wars lead Daisy Ridley.

The practice was “brought to the wider public’s attention in December” through the deepfakes subreddit, which amassed more than 91,000 subscribers before it was banned, says BBC News.

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Artificial intelligence ( AI ) is being used to create fake celebrity pornography videos by placing the faces of movie stars onto the bodies of porn performers. Reddit user deepfakes has told Motherboard that the technology is still in its infancy.

Alongside Pornhub, Reddit is moving to restrict access to fake porn videos by banning the r/ deepfakes subreddit that had a vast number of AI -powered content. Reddit announced that it has made certain updates to its

According to the news site, Reddit had “been under growing pressure to act” after websites including Twitter, Gfycat and Pornhub introduced their own bans on mocked-up celebrity porn over the past week. 

  Deepfakes: Reddit bans AI-generated fake celebrity porn © Reddit/Vox Visitors to the deepfakes subreddit are now met by a message saying the page violates the chat forum’s content policy, as it classes the shared material as “involuntary pornography”.

The forum told its users that it will be relying on “first-party reports” as a means to identify pornographic images created without the consent of those in them, although it will “take context into account” in each instance, The Verge reports. 

According to Forbes, “not everything on the [deepfakes] subreddit was porn”, with some members simply “exploring” the technology. 

For instance, the news website says, there were a number of videos where members had added Nicolas Cage to movies he hadn’t starred in by using AI software to place his face on the body of the original performer.

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