The dangers of AI in the porn industry | DW Documentary

The dangers of AI in the porn industry | DW Documentary

The dangers of AI in the porn industry | DW Documentary

Millions of women are victims of fake sexual content on the internet, created with AI. Deepfakes can look deceptively real, but the images, audio, or video recordings are manipulated.

When Kate Isaacs clicks on the video, she is thoroughly confused: She and a stranger are having sex. Her first thoughts are: “Who’s that man? Who’s recording this?” And then she realizes that the video is on the internet. After the initial shock, the reality hits her: This is a deepfake, and she is a victim of image-based sexual violence.
Worldwide, millions of women are knowingly or unknowingly victims of deepfake porn – pornographic content created by using artificial intelligence. The technology has advanced so rapidly that these days, anybody with a smartphone and a few pictures of their target can create and distribute deepfake porn, using freely accessible apps.
The real-world harm caused by virtual abuse is profound: Damaged reputations, career setbacks, threats of violence, depression, suicide. No one is safe, and anyone can be targeted. Yet it is almost impossible to defend oneself.

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Just because something is created artificially doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have real world impact obviously when anything new comes out the first thing it’s used for is porn my face has been digitally plastered countless times over other people’s naked bodies to create sex content that I never

Consented to whatever is on the internet about me I can tell you right now it is deep faked it is not me someone put my face on porn and sold it there is a whole website multiple websites dedicated to creating on commission videos of a sexual nature of anyone you

Want my safety my day-to-day life my whole career has been irreparably changed by this people will say it’s not really you nothing really happened but I I do regard what had happened to me as a form of violence it made me feel embarrassed ashamed unsafe in my own

Time in my own Street you know if that is not considered a crime what has to happen to women before we act just it was just a new way to exploit women and girls it’s just a new way to create another way of violating women and girls it’s just it’s obvious I’m Dr Faker and I’ve been producing deep fake porn films for three Years my clients tend to be heterosexual men who want to deep fake a woman into a porn video they normally send me photos or videos sometimes recordings of video calls from meetings when I have enough material of the target person and I know which porn film

I should deep fake them into I can get to work artificial intelligence does about 60% of the work and I do about 40% manually while I’m looking for Source material I learn a few things about the person it’s usually a woman the man has a thing for his boss or a neighbor or

His brother’s wife nothing surprises me anymore I have no problem telling my story but I don’t want my face or my voice to appear on TV that’s why this interview has been reenacted my family my wife and my friends know that I produce deep fake

Porn but I’m not proud of it I do the job for the money I don’t feel guilty about it the woman doesn’t know she’s in a porn film so it doesn’t cause Any my name is Cara Hunter I am a victim of mhbs sexual violence and definitely changed me as a person something like this you couldn’t go through something I believe is traumatizing and not change I grew up here in the North Coast here in Ireland um did really love

School but I loved learning um and really enjoyed my time at University um I have a journalism degree um and I had wanted to make a student documentary talk about Northern Ireland and the difficulties that we faced here and that’s how I got into Politics hi Bobby how are you good to see you nice to meet you you new Halen as well good to see you good to see you Bobby I just wanted to give you one of these here um just with some of our details there at the bottom so you know

If you ever need anything you know where we are great it was lovely to see you again I think my family were really quite shocked because I wouldn’t be the most out there kind of person but I’d made it very clear this was something that really mattered to me things like

Mental health addiction um and just advocating for our children and young people are just issues that really really matter to me so I thought why not you know just give it a go and lo and behold I got elected uh good evening everyone just like to make a a small thank you to

Every voter uh who came out yesterday in the freezing winter weather and said no to the rhetoric of division and D that we have here in Northern Ireland and I look forward hopefully if I have a future political career of representing everybody in the northern world thank

You quite a surprise for my family when I first went into it um and they all said don’t do it like your life will not be your own I think it was 18 days out from my election and I had received a Facebook messenger message from a stranger who

Said hi there is that you in that video and then he sends what I would describe to be um an extremely pornographic video and the girl in the video is similar to me in height uh in weight and in shape and I saw the video and I was like is this a

Prank so I wrote back um this is crazy it’s not me so from there my mind was just like what the hell just happened why am I putting myself through this why am I in this job but that was the that was the purpose of this video was to isolate me

And embarrass me and put me in a mindset where I think it and that was not going to happen I was just like I cannot sit here and lie this horrible person who has done the most Unthinkable disgusting despicable thing to annihilate and ruin not only my life but this is a career

That I worked so hard for well good afternoon everyone um I just want to thank you all for having me here today and allowing me to see uh what we’re doing here with the kick and habits class um so often times we do see people who have maybe a mental health

Diagnosis and also struggle with addiction whether it’s drugs or alcohol um and it’s my job to do what we can to help support people uh who are essentially struggling and just let you know it’s a pleasure to be here and I might even give it a we punch myself so thank you

Very much and let the class thank You people were messaging me within 15 minutes I had like 100 messages and it was going what I would describe as Viral I had people laughing at me um saying awful things talking about my body the size of my breasts some people saying what they like to do to me man all over the world had made a point of calling me a for uh a slot uh one person said uh seen your little

Video um wow uh but lesson learned I’m sure now now you’ll now you’ll learn your lesson I couldn’t believe the nature of people’s comments that they felt they had seen me naked so they had a right to send me horrible misogynistic cruel messages you sort of become paranoid in

Way I didn’t feel like anywhere was safe when these tools first emerged they were difficult to use and people were sharing face swapped videos of celebrities female celebrities most prominently but as the tools became more accessible we started to see a massive amount of of private individuals being

Targeted by Deep fakes and I think we’re probably now talking of Millions of women around the world and this is a truly Global problem my name is Henry Ida I’m a deep fakes and generative AI expert so a deep fake refers to the use of artificial intelligence to generate highly

Realistic but fake synthetic content so that could be swapping faces in videos taking someone’s face and putting on someone else’s body that could be cloning voices they could have me say things like I don’t know killmonger was right this video really took off I think because it was one of the first where

People were like oh God this is something I can experience being fooled by in real time I know it’s not real and yet it feels so real you see I would never say these things at least not in a public address but someone else would someone like Jordan Peele back 2018

BuzzFeed and the film director and comedian Jordan PE um collaborated on a public safety announcement for def ever since really we’ve seen a lot of coverage in the mainstream media of you know how this is going to ruin democracy how this is going to break News America you blame me for interfering

With your democracy but I don’t have to you’re doing it to yourselves and endorse my worthy opponent the right honorable Jeremy Corbin to be prime minister of our United Kingdom but actually research I conducted back in 2019 found that at the time 96% of deep fake videos online in 2019 were

Pornographic the fears around deep fak’s use in elections and political campaigns was really actually not substantiated by the evidence that weren’t and really sort of drive home the point that at the time and still to this day in terms of malicious deep fakes image abuse against

Women is the most powerful harm that we that we see um affecting millions of women at this point when deep FES first emerged in 2017 I had a bit of a reckoning I guess you could say that this technology was going to change the world and if we fast forward to

2023 the quality has improved so much that it is the case that a lot of people can’t trust what they see anymore onine online um and that we don’t know what is a deep fake and what is real content we are reaching a really critical moment where these Technologies are easily

Accessible they’re efficient don’t need much data and they’re realistic as a society we all need to be thinking well how do we want these Technologies to embed into our day-to-day lives how are they going to improve our lives what are the use cases where the the kind of the balance is not worth

It hello hello you want a cup of coffee oh love a cup of coffee I really need a cup of coffee my mother’s a nurse um and my dad took care of us at home we’re passionate Irish nationalists but we’re never out and out about our views you know politics was

Never discussed at the dinner table for me when I went home from schools it’s like this isn’t going to disappear this is one year year later yeah and we’re still still actually dealing with it and it’s not just an impact on you it’s an impact on the

Whole family I would have neighbors come up I would have friends come up I would have people who I didn’t even know say your daughters are and uh I said what MH that wasn’t my daughter yeah and they said oh we don’t know that and you don’t

Know that yeah it’s just hard because all it takes is a seed of Doubt for people to change how they think about you and I mean your father took it very badly I mean very badly and I think when your uncle came over here to to tell us

All that time um he was so upset about the whole thing and that somebody would do that and wanted you to get out of politics because of it you know I think the hard that was probably the hardest part for me building trust building respect with your constituents and then

Someone somewhere has sat in their bedroom put a photo of me in Holiday you created a fake video and ped it together with a photo of me and my poster and it was actually if you think about it whoever done this it was very smart because it’s a traceless crime like to

This day we do not know who did this and they’ve never been pulled in by police and I think that in many respects is extremely disappointing because you’re going to the police they were like really sorry this has happened no one’s technically breaking a law you should

Just put out a press release best of luck and I remember being like you know this is a horrible place to be a woman because it’s like people there’s no laws protecting you good job well I think the best thing Distributing and sharing deep fate pornography is still lawful in most

Countries in the world there’s only a few countries that have taken action to criminalize Distributing deep fake pornography I’m Claire mlin and I’m a professor of law at Durham University in the UK there are many laws in most countries that could be used to Target some aspects of the creation and distribution

Of deep fate pornography so it is possible that the person doing that might breach copyright laws might you know breach defamation laws but the reality is you have to have money to be able to take legal action you also have to know who has created and distributed that deep fake pornography there’s very

Little especially the ordinary people can do to challenge this activity I think the hard that was probably the hardest part for me because I think we as women like we we know that this is sort of a part of the female experience house society believes the best way to

Put down woman is um to objectify them and to sexualize them and I think that’s why after it had happened I wanted to make a point of coming out about it cuz I thought to myself you know no woman should have to endure this you’ve handled it well like you’ve handled it

As best I wouldn’t have handled it as well as that but I think you’ve done a good job thank God for listen I’m going ahead here okay I can see you nice and clearly my name is Kate ISAC and I am the founder of the not your porn campaign I started the Noto porn campaign back in 2019 when a friend of mine ended up on PornHub without her consent so her iCloud account was hacked

And a video of her having sex with a partner was uploaded to Pornhub and it was incredibly difficult to get it down so I wrote to the ministry of Justice over here and it turned out there was no law that prevented a company from profiting from non-consensual

Image-based sexual abuse and I decided I had to change that when I got started I I didn’t have any experience in activism I didn’t know where I was getting myself in into and it was a lot harder than I anticipated I was very naive um but yes dealing with

PornHub was an experience to say the least I think when you you see the type of stuff I had seen you can’t go back from that you the amount of content I saw which was so abusive and the victims I spoke to who shared their stories and

It was just it created absolute havoc in their life and they lost so much of you know if it wasn’t their jobs it was their dignity so I threw a logo together put together a campaign put it on Twitter image based sexual abuse in this country is going up

And up and up the pornography industry has been profiting from this type of image-based sexual abuse for a long time now these are UK registered companies this is government’s responsibility to hold these porn companies to account we need to fix this issue it has grown a lot since my very

Angry I just went on Twitter days um to what it is now and I’m I’m really proud of it and I’m so proud of the women who have made it what it is today as well which is a fully fledged nearly not for-profit organization with a number of

Women working on the campaign almost full-time and we do things like sex education programs in schools police programs to help officers deal with victims of image-based sexual abuse raising awareness and helping out within government and Consulting on different legislations hello you look lovely lovely too how are

You I’m good how are you yeah I’m good thanks not too bad thank you how’s your week been busy but not too bad I can’t complain how’s yours yeah busy too um it’s warm in here I mean there’s just so much to do isn’t there really there’s so much to talk about so

Much to do so standard right so should we start with doing a little bit of an update what’s going on at the moment so we’re currently working on influencing a new piece of legislation at the moment the campaign that we’re working on has been really effective because we have had

Some survivors come forward it just really underlines how out of touch not just the legislation is but the way that policy makers and lawmakers are thinking about this subject it’s not practical and what are you hoping will happen there are enforcement measures they’re just not strong enough it looks so great

On paper but it’s not thought it’s thought by people are thinking with legal minds and thinking with policy Minds not people that actually are living those experiences we’re at a stage now where we have to start tackling prevention and we’re not doing that on platforms and

That was the literally the Crux of the campaign when I started it it was about damage prevention rather than damage control it was preventing this content from being allowed to be uploaded to these websites because as soon as they do they can be downloaded and then re-uploaded over and over again and and

You’re just playing whacka all I do it so I’m a little bit nervous we’re facing an epidemic of deep fake pornography very little is being done to challenge uh the existence of websites that are dedicated to the sharing of deep fake pornography and that’s simply because governments and

Politicians have not yet taken the action to try and stop those websites we could do it if we wanted to but governments and politicians are choosing not to I think the real reason for this is because the vast overwhelming majority of victims are women and abuse and harms

Of women are just not taken sufficiently seriously women are still marginalized often vulnerable often discriminated against in society and what happens is that new ways are found to exploit those vulnerabilities and to uh perpetrate forms of violence and abuse at the moment the internet companies and porn platforms are living

Their best life earning millions of money with very little regulation whatsoever it’s up to governments across the world to take action to regulate those companies in the same way that we regulate cars we regulate trains we regulate the ovens that we cook on every night we need to regulate the internet

And we need to get governments to take that action we’re a modern world we’re ever changing um and we want to see more young women in politics it’s really important that we have a diverse representation of people in our society um in our government and when you’re a younger woman I think a

Lot of people Maybe Might believe that you don’t have the correct experience or understanding but I think Young Voices should be included yeah hey how are we all good good well look it is great to be here today and see you all again and I know that you have been

So passionate about including young people and their voices in politics so I thought today would be a good opportunity to sort of talk about issues that matter to us I think in the governments that women are so under represented and I think that leads to a lot of legislation being passed that um

Killers to men and is written for men by men we need to have it equal we’ve come a long way but I think they’re still so far to go but that’s why the youth group is so good like you advocate for you know such a diverse range Even in our

Youth group we should be doing we really want to see um diverse representation that reflects our everchanging sort of society after the last election um we really want to do all we can to tackle misogyny um in society and online 100% I think it’s a sort of thing of like when

You’re a young woman going into politics everybody is like oh but are you ready for everything that’s about to come if we talk about misogyny and skills it’s the way that people will start talking about it and hopefully it will encourage more women to speak out yeah like if we

Um like education is so important as well I feel like and um you can educate through social media and you can spread our message I mean given of what’s happened to me I think that the fact that we haven’t seen a change in law is extremely disappointing if I had the

Power to change the law I would do it right away I think that our government has a role and a job here and I think that they need to step in and I think that women impacted by these issues need to be at the table talking about how to fix them

Okay great okay everyone thank you so much appreciated your time it was great thank You so it was 2020 and we had just had a massive Victory and porn had deleted 80% of their content overnight 10 million videos gone unfortunately like with anything there were a very small amount of people particularly on Twitter who weren’t very happy that their porn had been

Deleted and so I became public animum number one they decided to Target me and teach me a lesson in their words they found my home address and my work address and they posted it on Twitter and said that they were going to follow me home rape me film it and upload it to

Pornhub which was scary and then they decided to take one of the interviews I had done on the UK news news channels and integrate that into a deep fake porn and create a narrative that the reason why I wanted to get rid of the porn on pornub was

Because I created a porn film myself and I was just trying to get it off the internet and so they just tried to switch up that narrative and it was a way to just silence Me I saw that video on Twitter there was so many things that ran through your head in that moment one of them being oh my God like who’s that man who’s recording this and then oh my God it’s on the internet oh my God how the hell do I get this

Off once I’d calm down and those questions had stop circling you realize okay this can’t be real cuz I don’t have the answer to any of those questions and so when I realized it was a deep fake the questions then shifted there’s slight relief but not for very long

Because then you’ve got the question of okay but it looks really real are people going to think that is actually me because that’s going to do the same damage and I knew that the police weren’t going to do anything I had enough experience with this kind of stuff at that point

That I knew that they wouldn’t do anything I knew there was nothing I could say or do I could keep pushing The Narrative of that’s not me that’s not me but it didn’t really matter if it was or it wasn’t because people were going to believe what they wanted to

Believe I am furious it’s exhausting to go through this day in day out and hear so many VI survivors when we have such limited capacity to support them and we have to say to them the system is failing you and we will do our best to

Support you but there’s a limit to what we can do because the route to justice is just it’s not really there that terrifies me that that can be weaponized to try and shut somebody up it’s a big reason why you know I am so tired and I

I’m ready to step down because actually we shouldn’t have to have been doing this in the first place no that you shouldn’t have to worry about being deep faked because you’re a campaigner there should be situations that we do not have to fight for like that’s not our job it’s

Never been our job he was Furious to be honest with you I actually get a lot more scared every time I do an interview like this um because they could see you and start again because I’m putting myself back into it and back into the public eye and that creates more

Um that’s scarier to me them walking home now um sorry I didn’t realize I was going to cry but you do it yeah tell me tell me why it’s important to do it it’s important too I spent I’ve spent the last four years asking women to share their stories because as people we

Listen to stories and stories make change for me not to do that when it like what a hypocritical move deep fate pornography is being used to harass women out of politics to harass women off the internet so all of us are in impoverished in our public and Democratic

Lives I’m so angry I don’t think I don’t think there are words for the rage I Feel women and girls are targeted to keep them silent to keep them submissive something that men have done for Generations we have haven’t seen any Law changes to protect other women who could be the victim of this this horrible thing that isn’t considered a crime so you’re allowed to ruin someone’s life

And just get away with it cuz I’m not the first I know I won’t be the [Applause] last

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