Fake porn videos with real people’s faces are being used to harass women

Rob Waugh
Contributor
Scarlett Johansson spoke out after being targeted (Getty)

Convincing-looking fake porn videos with real women’s faces ‘grafted’ onto the bodies of porn stars are being used to harass women.

The technology, known as ‘Deepfake’, has been widely used for porn, with celebrity faces such as Scarlett Johansson mapped into real porn using AI software.

Sites such as Pornhub have banned the videos.

But it’s now being used to harass ordinary women, with abusers mapping their faces into convincing-looking porn clips and circulating them online.

One victim, in her 40s, told the Sydney Morning Herald, ‘I feel violated – this icky kind of violation.

‘It’s this weird feeling, like you want to tear everything off the internet. But you know you can’t.’

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Scarlett Johansson said that she feared the battle against such ‘deepfake’ videos was fruitless, after a video of her face mapped onto a woman’s body was watched 1.5 million times, falsely labelled as ‘leaked’ footage.

Johansson said, ‘Nothing can stop someone from cutting and pasting my image or anyone else’s onto a different body.’

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

It uses PCs with Nvidia GPUs, and scans two sets of images (one of porn, one of the celeb) before mapping the two together automatically.