Update: the app has now been pulled and shut down by the developers after admitting that the number of people misusing the app will be too high. Original story follows.
Deepfakes have been a major talking point over the last year or so. For those unfamiliar, deepfakes are fake nude images or videos of women created using artificial intelligence. These advanced neural networks allow anyone to create fake nude images of anyone within minutes. And yes, they are being dangerously abused.
But that didn’t stop men from taking advantage of the algorithms. An anonymous developer has created a new DeepNude app for Windows and Linux that lets anyone create a fake nude image of women within seconds. The app has a free version that allows you to create deepfakes within seconds. And if you pay $99 for the premium version, you can get these fake nudes without any watermarks, reports Motherboard.
The app only works with pictures of women for now, with the developer apparently planning to create a version that works with men, too. The app even stamps a “fake” sign to let people know that a nude is fake, but it’s very easy to crop out. Deepfakes simply introduced the world to fake nude images and videos but required a lot of expertise, while this new app makes things as easy as using a simple photo editor app. It’s scary.
What’s infuriating about this is the fact that any creep out there can use your images to make a fake nude image of you, and then use that to blackmail you. It’s fairly easy to spot that these deepfakes are not actual, real nude images, but it could still fool a lot of people. And the fact that the algorithm is only going to get better is worryingly crazy. What’s worse that there isn’t really much legislation around these deepfakes, and creepy men online are abusing these algorithms and apps to the best of their abilities.