Pornhub, Twitter and Reddit ban AI-generated celeb porn

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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, which violates site-wide policies. 

The moves come after deepfakes videos have popped up all over the internet. 

Fueling the fire was a user-created application, called ‘FakeApp,’ which lets users create their own deepfakes videos via an easy-to-use app that can be downloaded directly to your desktop computer. 

More than 100,000 users downloaded FakeApp. 

After the release of FakeApp, the deepfakes community because a virtual free-for-all, with videos of many popular starlets appearing on message boards, social media platforms and porn sites. 

The deepfakes phenomenon got its start on Reddit last December, when a user community called ‘deepfakes’ began posting the fake porn videos. 

The disturbing videos look strikingly real as a result of a sophisticated machine learning algorithm, which uses photographs to create human masks that are then overlaid on top of adult film footage. 

A plethora of high-profile actresses and pop stars showed up on the Reddit thread, which at one point boast 15,000 subscribers.  

Now, those users will have to find somewhere else to post deepfakes videos. 

Reddit on Wednesday updated its rules to ban the deepfakes message board, as well as similar threads like CelebFakes, which posted manipulated images of celebrities. 

‘Reddit strives to be a welcoming, open platform for all by trusting our users to maintain an environment that cultivates genuine conversation,’ a Reddit spokesperson told Dailymail.com.

‘As of February 7, 2018, we have made two updates to our site-wide policy regarding involuntary pornography and sexual or suggestive content involving minors’

‘Communities focused on this content and users who post such content will be banned from the site,’ the spokesperson added. 

Twitter and Pornhub made similar announcements regarding the fake porn videos.

Twitter actually allows users to post hardcore porn on the website, but they bar users from sharing explicit sexual images or videos of someone online without their consent, according to the company’s ‘intimate media’ policy. 

Deepfakes videos fall under non-consensual intimate media.

‘We will suspend any account we identify as the original poster of intimate media that has been produced or distributed without the subject’s consent,’ a Twitter spokesperson told Motherboard. 

‘We will also suspend any account dedicated to posting this type of content,’ the spokesperson added.  

A deepfakes account, @mydeepfakes, was posting the fake AI porn on Twitter, but the account has since been banned.

Pornhub said on Tuesday that it would ban the deepfakes videos, saying they fall under the category of non-consensual porn.  

‘Users have started to flag content like this and we are taking it down as soon as we encounter the flags,’ Pornhub vice president Corey Price told Dailymail.com.

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

The firm said that, in general, when users flag content that directly violates Pornhub’s terms of service, it’s ‘removed as soon as we are made aware of it.’

However, a cursory Google search shows that the site has numerous deepfakes videos that are still live on the site.

Presumably, users haven’t flagged those videos yet. 

Video-hosting site Gfycat and chat platform Discord have also announced that they’re removing deepfakes videos from their sites. 

As BBC noted, not all deepfakes revolve around shopping non-consensual porn.  

The algorithms used to power deepfakes videos are also being used to create doctored versions of popular movie scenes, as well as videos showing politicians and other high-profile officials in fake situations. 

 

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