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Twitter starts blocking accounts with fake celebrity porn videos

Twitter has also suspended @mydeepfakes which posts deepfakes on the micro-blogging site.

tech Updated: Feb 07, 2018 14:25 IST
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Twitter’s media policy allows adult content as long as the tweets are marked as ‘sensitive’(AP)

Continuing its efforts to remove fake accounts, Twitter has now denounced the posting of fake porn videos of celebrities. Twitter is using a machine learning algorithm to boot out the makers and consumers of such content on the platform.

“We will suspend any account we identify as the original poster of intimate media that has been produced or distributed without the subject’s consent. We will also suspend any account dedicated to posting this type of content,” US tech website Motherboard quoted a Twitter spokesperson as saying late Tuesday.

Deepfakes are in violation of Twitter’s terms of use, according to which, “you may not post or share intimate photos or videos of someone that were produced or distributed without their consent”.

As a part of the drive, Twitter also suspended @mydeepfakes -- an account that posts deepfakes on the platform.

Unlike Facebook and Instagram, Twitter’s media policy allows adult content in tweets as long as they are marked as “sensitive content”, but Twitter’s intimate media policy would rule out most deepfakes, as they are generally done without permission from the targets.

Social app Discord, short video hosting company Gfycat and adult content website Pornhub have all announced that they would not tolerate nonconsensual porn on their platforms -- and specifically deepfakes.

Meanwhile, the deepfakes subreddit, where all of this started, currently has 90,000 subscribers, the report added.

First Published: Feb 07, 2018 14:25 IST