The non-consensual dissemination of intimate content in the times of deepfakes: an optimistic counterprophecy
In this essay, we consider the possible impact that deepfake technologies may exert upon the phenomenon of Non-Consensual Diffusion of Intimate Images or videos (NCDII), sometimes (mis)labeled as “revenge porn”. In partial contrast to the pessimistic view according to which deepfakes could enhance the threat constituted by NCDII, we forecast that, on the long run, the spread of deepfake media could lead to deflating the sense of trust that make us assume that photographic-looking images and videos represent some actual reality. By so doing, deepfakes can ultimately depower the sense of intimacy that NCDII bring about, hence possibly reducing their allure among the wrongdoers as well as their power to harm.
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