Avengers: Endgame Scarlett Johansson Speaks Out About Her Deep Fake Sex Videos

Author Thumbnail BY Tiny Diapana - January 02, 2019

 

Last year, the internet saw the rising trend of deep fake sex videos which usually featured the likeness of popular actors and actresses generated by artificial intelligence programs. One of the actresses who’s image has been used in these deep fakes include the DC Extended Universe’s Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) and Marvel Studios star Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow).

Now, speaking in an interview with The Washington Post, Johannson has decided to open up about these deep fakes, the highest paid actress of 2018 worrying that it might be too late for woman and for children to shield themselves against the online world’s “virtually lawless abyss.”

“Nothing can stop someone from cutting and pasting my image or anyone else’s onto a different body and making it look as eerily realistic as desired,” the Avengers: Endgame star said in her interview with the publication. “The fact is that trying to protect yourself from the Internet and its depravity is basically a lost cause. . . . The Internet is a vast wormhole of darkness that eats itself.”

While Johansson would probably want to take legal action, the legal implications surrounding the use of an actress likeness in videos like deep fakes can be rather difficult to assess considering how murky cyberlaw can be. The creators of deep fake videos can also shield themselves with the protection of parody copyright law as well.

Civil rights groups might be working on cracking down “non-consensual pornography,” the perpetrators of “deep fake” videos hide behind their anonymity and disappear into the bowels of the internet.

What are your thoughts on deep fake videos? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below.

Avengers: Endgame premieres April 26, 2019.

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