Commodification drives deepfakes growth

The number of deepfake videos on the Internet has increased by 80% over the last nine months. There are currently some 14,700 deepfake videos online, compared with close to 8,000 in December 2018, according to Deeptrace.

 This spike is being driven by the growing commodification of tools and services that lower the barrier for non-experts to create deepfakes, the cybersecurity outfit explains.

 Non-consensual deepfake pornography, accounted for 96% of the content online. Deeptrace found that the top four websites dedicated to deepfake pornography received more than 134m views for videos targeting hundreds of female celebrities worldwide.

“This significant viewership demonstrates a market for websites creating and hosting deepfake pornography, a trend that will continue to grow unless decisive action is taken.”

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