Deepfake technology uses artificial intelligence to analyze images from a target, like a celebrity, learns their facial expressions, and pastes them onto another body creating realistic video recreations of them. Scarlett Johansson is one of the repeated targets of deepfake pornography some of which have gained over a million views. She recently said in an interview ‘The fact is that trying to protect yourself from the internet and its depravity is basically a lost cause, for the most part.’
- Do people assume that pornographic videos of celebrities are fake?
- Are deepfake videos sensationalized because of porn or a serious problem?
- Will deepfake videos be used effectively to sow disinformation in the US?
Scarlett Johansson has revealed that there isn’t really anything that she can do about the “deepfake” adult oriented videos of her on the internet. The AI technology uses Deep Learning as a way to analyze thousands of pictures of a celebrity to get a good representation of all of their facial features. From there, the face can be posted onto somebody else’s, which makes for a pretty realistic look. This technology first came into the public consciousness when it was used to innocently place Nicolas Cage into The Raiders of the Lost Ark and other movies.
The deepfake technology has only gotten better over the course of the last year, which has made some pretty humorous videos, like placing Harrison Ford’s head over Alden Ehrenreich’s in Solo. However, it has also led to some seedy videos that feature famous actresses or singer’s faces pasted on to adult film star’s bodies. Scarlett Johansson is one of the most famous actresses on the planet, so there are more than a few of the “deepfake” movies featuring her face spread across the internet, some of which have gained over a million views.
The situation is something that clearly bothers Scarlett Johansson, but as she revealed in a new interview, “There are basically no rules on the internet because it is an abyss that remains virtually lawless,” which allows for this type of thing to keep happening. Johansson is just one of many actresses that this has happened to over the last year. While it may bother her, the Avengers: Endgame actress isn’t kept up late at night worrying about fans seeing fake videos of her having sex. She explains.