Friday, 23 February, 2018

Pornhub, Reddit, Twitter Crack Down on AI-Generated 'Deepfake' Porn

Reddit has new rules about involuntary pornography.                  Jerod Harris  Getty Reddit has new rules about involuntary pornography. Jerod Harris Getty
Doris Mccormick | 08 February, 2018, 10:07

Pornhub, and have all banned the AI-generated porn from being posted on their platforms, saying it falls under the guidelines of non-consensual porn, which violates site-wide policies.

As the BBC explains, "By using machine learning, [the] editing task has been condensed into three user-friendly steps: gather a photoset of a person, choose a pornographic video to manipulate, and then just wait".

Reddit banned several communities, or Subreddits, dedicated to the exchange of Deepfake videos Wednesday. In a statement to press, Reddit stated firmly that "Communities focused on this content and users who post such content will be banned from the site".

If the thought of AI-generated fake porn - also known as "deepfakes" - sounds disturbing, you aren't alone.

Motherboard reports that deepfake videos are still available on the site, and suggests that Pornhub may be removing them when notified by users.

While there's no information how this software was developed, but it's believed to have gotten attention sometime late a year ago when Hollywood actress Gal Gadot's fake porn video was spotted on the web. The practice is obviously done without the celebrity's consent, leading many opponents of the videos to classify them in the same league as revenge porn.

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"Reddit has banned the r/deepfakes subreddit that's devoted to making AI-powered porn using celebrities" faces, classifying it as a form of "involuntary pornography".

'We encourage anyone who encounters this issue to visit our content removal page so they can officially make a request, ' Price added.

A Pornhub spokesman said: "We do not tolerate any non-consensual content on the site and we remove all said content as soon as we are made aware of it".

And thanks to the rampant nature of the pornography community, an easy-to-use app has sprung up, according to Motherboard, which allows anyone to carry-out the NSFW face-swapping.

Other internet companies such as Google and Facebook are also expected to announce measures against the Deepfakes-based content on their platforms. Gif hosting service Gfycat, which was the most popular way of sharing the short pornographic clips, also banned them, citing terms of service (TOS) that allows it to remove "objectionable" content.

As, not all deepfakes revolve around shopping non-consensual porn. Video evidence could become inadmissable in court, while propaganda and low budget adverts could exploit the use of unwitting celebrities.

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