“Deepfake Videos Overwhelmingly Used to Degrade Women” by Sensei’s Sharon Nelson was featured in the February 2020 edition of Pennsylvania Bar Association Voices & Views Newsletter by Women in the Profession Commission. The Commission on Women in the Profession assess the current status of women in the legal profession and identify barriers that prevent them from full participation in the work, responsibilities and rewards of the profession.
Excerpt: I ’ve spent a lot of time, on RTL and offline, worrying about the possible effect of deepfake videos on the 2020 election.
While that’s a real concern, I was blown away by the stats in a post published by Vox a couple of months ago. The post looked at a report from Deeptrace Labs. The most startling statistic to me was that 96% of fake videos across the internet are of women, mostly celebrities, whose images are used in sexual fantasy deepfakes without their consent.
Deeptrace Labs identified 14,678 deepfake videos across a number of streaming platforms and porn sites, a 100% increase over its previous measurement of 7,964 videos in December 2018.
Sadly, I imagine we’ll see a surge in lawyers representing exploited celebrities whose publicity rights have been violated. Far worse, I am quite sure those women (non-celebrities too) feel physically violated by these images. Revenge porn (targeting ex-girlfriends/wives) has also been taken to a whole new level.