Fake Porn Banned on Reddit

Reddit has followed other platforms online in cracking down on the posting of fake porn that is made with the use of artificial intelligence.

The content, referred to as “deepfakes,” superimposes the face of someone onto explicit photos or into a video without permission being granted.

Reddit’s decision comes after people started to use artificial intelligence software that is able to realistically edit the faces of celebrities onto the bodies of porn stars. The growing trend was first reported by Motherboard back in December.

Some of the porn videos that have been edited, including ones using the faces of Gal Gadot the star of Wonder Woman and Daisy Ridley the Star Wars star, started being shared widely across social media.

The technology raised many red flags and companies on internet are responding now by attempting to stop their users from posting videos and photos on their platforms.

On Wednesday, Reddit shut down the forum with “deepfakes” on its platform, where many porn images and videos that were AI-generated were being posted.

The reason for closing them, said Reddit was due to violations of its content policy, specifically its policy against what it called “involuntary pornography.”

The policy of the site for involuntary pornography prohibits dissemination of videos or images depicting a person in the nude or engaged in a sexual act apparently posted or created without the permission of the person, including depictions that were faked.

Reddit’s decision comes following a pledge from Twitter earlier in the week to crack down on porn that is AI-generated.

Pornhub the popular porn site told several news agencies on Tuesday that it would remove or possibly ban deepflakes, citing the rules it has against porn that is nonconsensual.

However, explicit videos that purport showing celebrities’ faces were still appearing on their site as late as Thursday.

Using AI to create face videos that are becoming increasingly more convincing is not limited to just pornography.

Researchers last summer from the University of Washington announced the development of software that was able to turn audio clips of speeches by former President Barack Obama into a lip-synced, realistic video.

Being able to fabricate videos that are believable has deep disturbing implications, says one educator.

A professor of political science stated that even when a fake video is not perfect it is able to convince, who want to be convinced of its content especially when racial stereotypes or offensive gender are reinforced.

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