‘Deepfakes’ is the disturbing new porn trend

Allison Yee

It’s the worrying trend revolving around sexually explicit videos, and Hollywood celebrities have been targeted in the disturbing new porn nightmare called Deepfakes.

With celebrities such as Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande and Emma Watson all seeing pornographic videos of themselves surfacing recently, it’s not the phone hacking scandal you might imagine.

Instead, the starlets are all victim of Deepfakes, which see X-rated clips created by putting their faces on the bodies of porn stars.

A new porn trend has seen women having their faces shopped onto porn stars. Photo: Getty

“These so-called Deepfakes - a combination of ‘fake’ and ‘deep learning’ - first started popping up online in December, when a Reddit user began to post explicit videos seemingly featuring celebrities online,” Variety reports.

One Deepfakes creator revealed how they made the videos, using software, along with image searches, stock photos and Youtube videos.

Emma Watson, Taylor Swift and Ariana Grande have all been victims of the trend. Photo: Getty

“I just found a clever way to do face-swap,” the anonymous user told Motherboard.

“With hundreds of face images, I can easily generate millions of distorted images to train the network.

“After that if I feed the network someone else's face, the network will think it's just another distorted image and try to make it look like the training face.”

Things escalated when an app allowing people to do this was released on Reddit last month, causing many to question when and where this will end.

It’s even seen image-sharing website Gfycat confirm they’re remove offending content.

"Our terms of service allow us to remove content that we find objectionable," the company said in a statement.

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