Deepfake technology is one of the downsides of AI. It enables miscreants and cyber thugs to not only alter their voices to mimic someone else but also doctor videos to make them appear genuine.
The latest victim of deepfake is actor Rashmika Mandanna, whose fake video created by AI tools has garnered over 2.4 million views on social media platform X.
In the video the actor is seen entering an elevator, though it is a fake copy of the actor, who has been passed off as Mandanna.
Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan also shared the video, highlighting the need for new legal and regulatory measures.
Abhishek Kumar, a journalist, first shared the video on X, raising concerns about the need for new legal and regulatory measures to combat the spread of fake content on the internet.
The initial video was originally shared on Instagram on October 8, featuring a woman named Zara Patel. There is no evidence to suggest that Patel was involved in the creation of the deepfake video.
It remains a mystery who created the fake video and what their motive was. This is, however, not an isolated incident, as various celebrities from different fields have fallen victim to similar fake videos in recent years
If the original and the fake videos are played side by side, Zara Patel’s face is clearly visible as she enters the elevator. However, after just a brief second, the video undergoes a transformation, morphing into the face of Rashmika Mandanna.
While the act of faking content is old, deepfakes leverage powerful techniques from machine learning and artificial intelligence to manipulate or generate visual and audio content with a high potential to deceive.
Deepfakes can often be identified by unnatural facial expressions or movements, such as blinking too often or not enough, or movements that are too stiff or jerky.The eyes are a good indicator of whether a video is real or fake. Deepfakes often have blurry or unfocused eyes, or eyes that don’t match the person’s head movements.