Recently, Indian web and social media users discovered a video of actor Rashmika Mandanna entering an elevator. Deepfake, a technology that allows scammers and cyber criminals to modify an image or video using machine learning and artificial intelligence, was used to create the video. Just a few days later, an edited image of Katrina Kaif is making the rounds. The image, which was originally a screengrab from the upcoming Tiger 3 film, has been altered.
Katrina Kaif is doing an action sequence for Tiger 3 while wearing a towel in the original image, which she posted on Instagram. However, in the morphed image, the actor is in the same pose but wearing a different and altered outfit, making the image vulgar. The modified and fake image was later removed from social media. While Deepfake is not a new technology — it first appeared on the scene a few years ago.
Deepfake manipulated image of Katrina Kaif:
Deepfake is getting serious day by day. ? #Tiger3
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It is increasingly being used by scammers and cybercriminals to morph videos and images. Many of these videos are sexually explicit. People use the technology, which uses powerful graphics cards to modify and recreate elements of images and videos. This is to spread misinformation. It is important to note that morphing images and videos, whether using Photoshop or Deepfake tools, is a punishable offence.
Deepfake technology can easily take images of real people and change them to look completely different, which raises concerns about Katrina’s altered picture from the ‘Tiger 3’ movie scene. In this case, the image depicted her wearing a different outfit than she did in the film. In Rashmika Mandanna‘s case, a deepfake video showed her in a situation she was never in, potentially harming her reputation. The video showed the well-known actor entering an elevator. Abhishek Kumar, a journalist and researcher, raised the issue, calling for a legal and regulatory framework to address India’s growing deepfake problem.
Deepfake Video Outrage, Govt Steps In Regarding Rashmika Mandanna's & Katrina Kaif's Case
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Deepfake technology, for those who are unfamiliar, entails the use of advanced artificial intelligence to create highly realistic but frequently deceptive digital content. This technology can alter a person’s appearance and voice in videos or audio recordings, making it difficult to differentiate between genuine and manipulated content.