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October 22, 2020

Fake nude images of 100,000 women shared online

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October 22, 2020

LONDON: Faked nude images of more than 100,000 women have been created from social media pictures and shared online, according to a new report.

Clothes are digitally removed from pictures of women by Artificial Intelligence (AI), and spread on the messaging app Telegram, foreign media reported.

Some of those targeted "appeared to be underage", the report by intelligence company Sensity said. But those running the service said it was simply “entertainment”. The BBC has tested the software and received poor results. Sensity claim the technology used is a “deepfake bot”.

Deepfakes are computer-generated, often realistic images and video, based on a real template. One of its uses has been to create faked pornographic video clips of celebrities. But Sensity’s chief executive Giorgio Patrini said the shift to using photos of private individuals is relatively new.

“Having a social media account with public photos is enough for anyone to become a target,” he warned. The AI-powered bot lives inside a Telegram private messaging channel. Users can send the bot a photo of a woman, and it will digitally remove her clothes in minutes, at no cost.

The BBC tested multiple images, all with the subjects’ consent, and none were completely realistic - our results included a photo of a woman with a belly button on her diaphragm.