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The alarming rise of sexualised deepfakes and need for legal reform

Sexual deepfake abuse silences women causing lasting harm, and laws to protect them are inconsistent. A global approach is necessary to prevent harm and ensure responsible, ethical content development

In early 2024, pop megastar Taylor Swift became the centre of a disturbing controversy.

Millions of sexually explicit deepfakes, or digitally manipulated images, of her flooded social media, raising concerns about the misuse of this Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology. Only after one image was viewed more than 47 million times, did social media platform, X (formerly Twitter), remove the content.

Swift’s case provided a wake-up call to how easy it is for people to take advantage of generative AI technology to create fake pornographic content without consent, leaving victims with few legal options and experiencing psychological, social, physical, economic, and existential…

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