Bella Thorne Fears ‘deepfake’ Technology Will Create Porn Free-for-all

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October 17, 2019 | 11:10am EST

Bella Thorne fears ‘deepfake’ video-editing technology will lead to many more youngsters facing the trauma of seeing themselves in forged pornographic films.
The former Disney star furiously took to Twitter in 2017 after a video which appeared to show her masturbating in a car appeared online – confirming it was fake and denouncing its creators for mocking her for losing her father by editing in dialogue of her saying “daddy”.
She has since directed a porn film herself, but fears when video-editing technology that can create a so-called ‘deepfake’ video from just one photograph is widely available – it won’t just be stars like her who are targeted.
“It’s not going to just be used on your favorite celebrity,” she tells the BBC. “That is a breeding ground for underage pornography.”
‘Deepfake’ technology uses artificial intelligence software to superimpose and edit images and footage to combine them with video and audio to create realistic looking films of events that never actually occurred. Experts have warned that the software, currently in use in Hollywood films, could become widespread within little more than a year.
According to the British broadcaster, Bella fears that pornographic videos created using the technique will be used as revenge, blackmail or extortion against young women who, unlike her, cannot go online and expose them as hoaxes.
The star, who has also been targeted by hackers who have leaked real intimate photos, made her directorial debut with an explicit movie for the website Pornhub, who she is now working with to root out revenge porn on their platform.
“I’m so excited to announce I am working with Pornhub to implement a change in their flagging system algorithm to ensure safety for everyone and everyone in our community,” the actress wrote on Instagram on Wednesday(16Oct19), alongside a video of her accepting an award for her film.
Bella, 22, also fears that online platforms like social media are having a troubling effect on her generation.
“When I was first growing up there were only a few people you knew that were depressed, or like struggled with depression,” she says. “Now it’s almost every single person you know. There has to be some reasoning behind it, and my reasoning is growing up in social media.”

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