Reddit bans 'Deepfakes' subreddit, the home of the fake Witcher porn

Isaac Cain
February 8, 2018

PORNHUB and Twitter have both vowed to delete "deepfake" celeb porn videos.

The videos are mostly generated using a tool called FakeApp, which maps celebrity faces onto pornography automatically.

The so-called "deepfakes" are creating using a free online porn app that uses artifical intelligence to paste the faces of famous female stars.

Reddit had become one of the most popular places to share and discuss so-called deepfake videos.

Pornhub is no longer hosting the fake porn videos on its website.

However, as the statement reads, the objectionable content will be removed as soon as users flag it to make the Pornhub team aware of its existence.

"It's quite clear they started enforcing the rules because of the attention on deepfakes and not their own morals, which is fine, but they should just say it", said user Goonred.

Scarlett Johansson in a realistic-looking video
Scarlett Johansson in a realistic-looking video

It's important to note that given that Pornhub is a user-powered platform that allows those with an account on the site to upload content, it will likely be hard to completely wipe deepfake content from the site. "Communities focused on this content and users who post such content will be banned from the site", the company said.

"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.

Pornhub said on Tuesday that it would ban the deepfakes videos, saying they fall under the category of non-consensual porn. "We have investigated these servers and shut them down immediately".

"Images or video of intimate parts of a person's body, even if the person is clothed or in public, are also not allowed if apparently created or posted without their permission and contextualized in a salacious manner (e.g., "creepshots" or "upskirt" imagery)", it reads.

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

And, as Motherboard notes, people today are constantly uploading photos of themselves to various social media platforms, meaning someone could use such a technique to harass someone they know.

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