Outrageous ‘DeepNude’ App ‘Undresses’ Celebs Or Any Woman In One Click
By Mikelle Leow, 28 Jun 2019
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An app promising to easily turn photos of women into nudes has come under fire, forcing its creators to delete it a day after news of the program broke.
The desktop software, ‘DeepNude’, was tested by Motherboard, which reported realistic results from high-res photos of models such as those of Sports Illustrated magazine’s Swimsuit issues.
The full app cost US$50, though a free version that overlaid photos with large watermarks was available. The paid variation, on the other hand, would stamp the word “FAKE” on the upper-left corners of the photos, but Motherboard found that it was easy to erase the text with Photoshop.
In one click, ‘DeepNude’ would be able to remove the clothes of a woman and replace the deleted parts with breasts and a vulva. Motherboard tested the tool on pictures of Taylor Swift, Tyra Banks, Gal Gadot, Natalie Portman, ‘Jessica Rabbit’ and more with varying levels of success.
The software was most effective when fed with images of women who were showing more skin, so photographs from Sports Illustrated Swimsuit produced the most realistic nudes. Low-res, dimly-lit photos with unorthodox angles would throw the neural network off, as would cartoon characters like ‘Jessica Rabbit’.
While deepfakes typically require some expertise to produce, ‘DeepNude’ was simple to use and could manipulate photos to incredible results within 30 seconds by the click of a button.
Katelyn Bowden, founder of anti-revenge porn nonprofit Badass Army, told the publication that the fact that a program like ‘DeepNude’ existed was “absolutely terrifying,” as it is now getting easier for any woman to become a victim of revenge porn even if she hasn’t taken a naked photo.
Danielle Citron, professor of law at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law, called the app an “invasion of sexual privacy.” While she noted that the end products did not reveal the “actual vagina[s]” of the women, “others think that they are seeing you naked.”
Since members of the press got hold of the app’s existence, the inventor of ‘DeepNude’ has shut down the software.
“Despite the safety measures adopted (watermarks)… the probability that people will misuse it is too high,” the creator tweeted. “We don’t want to make money this way.”
“Surely some copies of ‘DeepNude’ will be shared on the web, but we don’t want to be the ones who sell it… the world is not yet ready for ‘DeepNude’.”
Horrifying deepfake app called DeepNude realistically removes the clothing of any woman with a single click. It costs $50 and only works on women. (The black bars were added after using the app.) pic.twitter.com/5KS36FPTqZ— Mike Sington (@MikeSington) June 27, 2019
[via VICE, images via various sources]
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