Twitch’s AI porn controversy bodes chillingly for the future

Twitch streamer Brandon Ewing aka Atrioc issued an apology via stream after accidentally revealing he was watching deepfake porn from other Twitch streamers.

Twitch streamer Brandon Ewing aka Atrioc issued an apology via stream after accidentally revealing he was watching deepfake porn from other Twitch streamers.
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On Monday, popular Twitch streamer Brandon Ewing, who goes by the name of Atrioc, streamed myself They cry profusely and tearfully apologize for creating and consuming “deepfake porn” from other streamers – all women. The apology came earlier in the day, he had accidentally done it revealed tabs in his browser which showed that he was watching artificially generated porn from popular female Twitch streamers. In his excuseEwing claimed he came across a site that offers AI-created porn while browsing Pornhub and paid for a subscription to view the images out of “morbid curiosity”.

This type of porn is neither new nor, unfortunately, particularly rare. With AI, people can create pornographic images of friends, coworkers, acquaintances, and even strangers they meet in passing, and alarmingly, they can easily do so without the consent or knowledge of the person whose image and likeness they are using.

the Possibilities brought about by AI have essentially become limitless at this point, although many of the images we see are being shared on social media – by computer-generated women with comically huge breasts and creepy shaped fingers – aren’t exactly believable. Twitter is awash with these images, many of which anyone who has ever met a woman will recognize as hilariously fake. As some have pointed out, they are likely to become fodder for various scams that horny men take advantage of in the near future. But deepfake porn deviates from this bizarre but relatively innocent phenomenon because it targets real women.

Last month, popular AI art app Lensa briefly took the internet by storm, with many outlets –including Jezebel— noting his creepy tendency to create sexualized and otherwise problematic images of women and girls. In a wired report In the app, Olivia Snow, a research associate at UCLA’s Center for Critical Internet Inquiry, noted that when she uploaded childhood photos of herself to Lense, “the result was fully nude photos of a youthful and sometimes childlike face, but a clearly adult body.” .”

The dissemination of AI-generated nudity or sex images of real people has massive potential repercussions and can disrupt victims’ employment or leave them vulnerable to traumatizing sexual harassment. Most states have passed various anti-cyber exploitation laws in recent years to curb “revenge porn,” or non-consensual nude photos of people shared by former partners or molesters. But only California, Virginia, and Texas specifically ban deepfake content. The rise of fake porn – including images that could depict children – will inevitably push the boundaries of the ongoing crisis of online sexual exploitation, perhaps beyond what we can imagine.

That the growing problem of AI porn was propelled into the news by the actions of a male Twitch streamer is particularly disturbing given how widespread sexual harassment of female Twitch streamers already is. Streamers face traumatizing stalking, objectification, and unwanted sexualization, and whether intentional or not, Ewing has shown many would-be internet perverts the options available to them to continue targeting and exploiting these women. Some of the female streamers Ewing appeared to watch, as well as other highly visible women on Twitch, have since spoken out about how his actions affected them.

“Fuck Atrioc for showing thousands of people. Fuck the people who DM me pics of me from my website. fuck you all This is what it looks like, this is what the pain looks like,” one streamer, QTCinderella, said in a Monday stream. “It shouldn’t be part of my job to have to pay money to have this stuff mined. It shouldn’t be part of my job to be harassed, to see pictures of me “naked” being passed around.”

Cute Anita, another streamer Ewing appeared to see fake photos of, addressed the controversy in a Monday tweet. “I’m literally choosing to give away millions by not getting into sex work, and some random Cheeto-crusted porn addict is asking for my body instead without my consent.” I don’t know whether to cry, break things or laugh at this point,” she said wroteHe added, “I just don’t think that should be the price of wanting to entertain people.”

https://jezebel.com/atrioc-twitch-deepfake-ai-porn-1850055648 Twitch’s AI porn controversy bodes chillingly for the future

Adam Bradshaw

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