Saturday January 05, 2019

Scarlett Johansson Can't Stop the Internet from Pasting Her Face on Porn

While the world’s highest-paid actress has managed to defend her privacy in the past (e.g., prosecuting the iCloud "hackers" who leaked her nude photos), Avengers star Scarlett Johansson admits there is little she can do about "deepfakes," a trend that utilizes AI to swap an actor’s face with another in a video. Johansson’s face has been "grafted into dozens of graphic sex scenes" by fans, and while she thinks it’s disturbing, fighting them would be a "lost cause" due to the depth of the global internet and how legalese varies among countries.

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Clearly this doesn’t affect me as much because people assume it’s not actually me in a porno, however demeaning it is. I think it’s a useless pursuit, legally, mostly because the internet is a vast wormhole of darkness that eats itself. There are far more disturbing things on the dark web than this, sadly. I think it’s up to an individual to fight for their own right to their image, claim damages, etc. I mean, this is coming from someone who has a guy from Hong Kong get famous from making an AI with my exact face on it that wasn’t "technically" me.

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