Pornhub and Twitter ban ‘deepfake’ celebrity face-swap porn videos

The videos rose to popularity on Reddit

Pornhub and Twitter have announced that they’ll be banning ‘deepfake’ celebrity faceswap porn videos from their services.

The call for the videos to be banned has been growing ever louder, with critics arguing that they are a violation of rights and intimacy. Their has been an underground explosion in the creation and popularity of the clips via sites like Reddit, with users adopting new cutting-edge AI technology to superimpose celebrities’ faces onto pornographic videos. Many have been created of stars from the world of film and music.

“We do not tolerate any non-consensual content on the site and we remove all said content as soon as we are made aware of it,” a Pornhub spokesman told Motherboard. “Nonconsensual content directly violates our TOS and consists of content such as revenge porn, deepfakes or anything published without a person’s consent or permission.”

Revealing that the videos were a violation of their “intimate media policy“, a Twitter spokesman added: “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.”

Three people browsing the web on laptops

Three people browsing the web on laptops

Reddit are yet to comment on the latest developments. The forum platform tends to leave moderation to its users.

Recent years have seen a spate of celebrity phone hack leaks result in the uploading of private and explicit videos, with the leak dubbed by the online community as ‘the happening‘.

Emma Watson pursued legal action after her private photos were reportedly leaked online, while 2016 saw one man jailed for his part in the hacking. Pennsylvanian resident Ryan Collins was found guilty of being the perpetrator of the phishing scheme, and was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison.