Twitch Streamers Victims of Deepfake Pornography Scandal


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Yesterday, Twitch streamer Brandon “Atrioc” Ewing issued a tearful apology after accidentally revealing that deep fake pornography of popular female Twitch streamers was exposed on his computer during his livestream. This video of your apologyIt quickly gained attention on the Internet – that she claimed to have clicked on an ad on PornHub out of curiosity. Twitter users falsely shared screenshots of the original stream to “draw attention” to the controversy, signaling that it featured the porn site and its content. This only exacerbated the situation for the women affected, who learned that they were on the deepfake site because of Ewing’s fault.

Worse, the site Ewing visited is very similar to OnlyFans: People have to pay a subscription to view their content, and the particular page the creator was on was entirely focused on deepfaking – a few – of famous Twitch streamers. That Ewing is friends with in real life.

assistant reported The deepfake creator in question has removed all content from his page and issued an apology. kotaku will not link to the original site (nor did Vice), but can confirm that the apology supersedes any content. In it, the creator claims that if a publisher DMs them, they stop making videos and delete the videos. They also wrote that it was an “eye-opener” for them to see the impact of Ewing’s flow, which makes me want to get my feet on the wall because, of course, you’ll only have trouble grafting the faces of famous streamers onto depraved bodies. after that Twitter is here for you. It’s unclear if this person’s content is found elsewhere on the internet, but it’s highly unlikely.

Publishers like QTCinderella and Sweet Anita have objected to the presence of this deep fake pornography on their accounts. respectful Twitter accounts yesterday, QTCinderella expressed her pain after such horrors in one day. twitch stream. “Having to pay to remove this thing shouldn’t be part of my job,” he said, before promising to sue the people behind the deepfakes.

He’s right, he doesn’t have to pay to remove fake, obscene images of himself, and what’s even more worrying is how difficult it is to remove deep fake pornography from the internet. If the creator in question didn’t remove all of his content, it’s unclear whether any of the victims could have used the existing laws of the legal system to effectively get their own removal. Few years ago, reddit and PornHub bans deep fake pornand Discord bans servers that sell apps that helped create, but smaller sites like the site where Ewing was caught still often post this type of infringing pornography with little or no repercussions. That’s because, like so many things surrounding the internet, women’s bodies, and non-consensual porn, the government doesn’t know what to do about it.

Only California and Virginia have clear laws surrounding deep fake pornography: AB 602 and HB 2678, respectively. AB 602 It allows residents of California to sue and “claim injunctive relief and recover reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs” if their images are used for obscene content. But according to Andy I Chena California-based attorney I spoke to on the phone, this is cit will be difficult for the victim to sue any out-of-state defendant.

in 2019 Virginia adds an amendment to its revenge porn law Includes “inadvertently generated videographic or still images”. Violation of this law is a 1st class misdemeanorMay result in imprisonment of not more than 12 months and/or fines of not more than $2,500.

QTCinderella is based in California (like several other publishers that have been reported to have been targeted by the deepfake creator), so if she wants to sue them, she’s within her state law-based rights. But Sweet Anita lives in the UK. A Online Security BillWhich will include both vengeance and protections against deep fake porn is currently going through the House of Lords in the UK Parliament. I reached out to both QTCinderella, Sweet Anita, and Twitch for comment, but did not receive a response before it went live.

Deepfake pornography is not a new problem, but it is incredibly discouraging, upsetting and infuriating that it is now infiltrating the streaming world. Victims can visit CA Goldberg Law’s website Get support for information on revenge porn laws in the United States or by contacting: Cyber ​​Civil Rights Initiative online or via the 24/7 hotline at 1-844-878-2274.



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