#Virginia’s “Revenge #Porn” Laws Now Officially Cover #Deepfakes

New York (The Verge) — Virginia’s “revenge porn” laws now officially cover deepfakes theverge.com/2019/7/1/20677….

Starting today, Virginia laws banning nonconsensual pornography have been expanded to cover faked photos and videos, including “deepfakes” footage. It’s one of the first laws regulating the phenomenon in the US.

Since 2014, Virginia Has Banned Spreading Nude Images Or Video “with The Intent To Coerce, Harass, Or Intimidate” Another Person. The Amendment Clarifies That This Includes “a Falsely Created Videographic Or Still Image” — Which Could Refer To “deepfakes” Video But Also Photoshopped Images Or Otherwise Faked Footage. Violating The Rule Is A Class 1 Misdemeanor, Which carries Up To 12 Months In Prison And Up To $2,500 In Fines. “Deepfakes” — a Term That Was coined To Describe AI-generated Face-swaps In Pornography, But Has Been Expanded To Cover Faked Media More Generally — Have Raised Serious Alarm Among Lawmakers And The Public. Deepfakes Creators Often Map Women’s Faces Onto Pornography, Making Them An Easy Venue For Nonconsensual Pornography Or “revenge Porn.” An App called DeepNudemodified Pictures Of Women To Make Them Appear Nude; It shut Down soon after Motherboard reported on Its Existence.

Adi Robertson/@verge

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