Yesterday, I watched a video by Vox ti¬≠tled ‚ÄėThe most ur¬≠gent threat of deep¬≠fakes is¬≠n‚Äôt pol¬≠i¬≠tics.‚Äô It got me think¬≠ing about how much we post our so¬≠cial life on¬≠line and how eas¬≠ily it can be mis¬≠used.

From the video de­scrip­tion, em­pha­sis mine:

Deepfakes are of¬≠ten por¬≠trayed as a po¬≠lit¬≠i¬≠cal threat ‚ÄĒ fake videos of politi¬≠cians mak¬≠ing com¬≠ments they never made. But in a re¬≠cent re¬≠port, the re¬≠search group Deeptrace found that 96% of deep¬≠fakes found on¬≠line are porno¬≠graphic. Of those videos, vir¬≠tu¬≠ally all are of women. And vir¬≠tu¬≠ally all are made with¬≠out their con¬≠sent.

When I post my im­ages on­line, I open up GIMP, crop 1:1 the re­quired por­tion of the im­age, scale it down to 200x200 pix­els (or 250x250 pix­els if the up­load tar­get com­plaints), strip all meta­data, and save it at 50% to 100% qual­ity de­pend­ing on where I’m post­ing the im­age. It’s ex­tra work for sure, but I feel a lit­tle safer on­line. Perhaps there might be a sim­ple way to do this from the ter­mi­nal us­ing im­agemag­ick, but since I usu­ally crop as well, I pre­fer us­ing a GUI.

I won¬≠der if it helps Ô¨Āght the al¬≠go¬≠rithms be¬≠hind deep¬≠fakes at all or if it‚Äôs just a false sense of se¬≠cu¬≠rity.