This is the first time I am hearing about “deepfakes” on the internet. I have seen videos of people using filters on social media platforms that use their images the same way deepfakes do. They are usually intended for comedic purposes, and far from deception or pornography. Though, it is utterly disgusting and unacceptable to think that deepfake technology is useful for (child) pornography. I would think that this new technique, if accessible to anyone, is quite dangerous. It requires taking an image or video of any person’s face and replacing it with a picture of another, then is used to make the picture move, speak, or do anything. Since technology is evolving every day, people use it so far beyond their intended purpose as a way to manipulate or deceive others. This type of technology should be left to the professionals for the making of documentaries of the deceased or to spread awareness.
This developing technology especially puts women and children in danger as their bodies can be used for pornographic images and put in films. Another thing about the use of deepfakes is that it can spread misinformation, which can lead to fake news. According to Ms. Schick, “This will become an issue that can affect everyone, especially those who don’t have resources to protect themselves.” Deepfakes are often used in the majority of political videos, making it seem like political figures are telling the truth. Sometimes politicians claim that “videos, including genuine ones, are fake in order to gain an advantage.” We know that deepfakes could potentially damage the reputations of others. If we want to prevent the spread of false information, we should educate ourselves on this subject.