Deepfake technology has exploded and affected many people’s lives. This sinister form of manipulation uses sophisticated techniques to alter images and recordings to misrepresent someone’s words or actions, smearing their reputation and dignity. What is deepfake? “Deepfake is a digital manipulation of video or images, where a person’s face is replaced with someone else’s, creating a seamless and realistic fake.” Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines deepfake as “an image or recording that has been convincingly altered and manipulated to misrepresent someone as doing or saying something that was not actually done or said.”
Deepfake puts people in perpetual fear, for they never know when or where their pictures and voices might be manipulated and distorted. Nowadays, unprincipled, technology-savvy individuals can defame people’s pictures and distort their voices for whatever reason. Therefore, nobody feels safe because fake news triumphs over truth.
The once unshakeable pillars of trust are collapsing under the weight of fabricated videos and distorted images. Some people can root for deepfake when it supports their cause, and they do not mind sharing it via social media platforms. Unless put under strict rules, deepfake will proliferate and pulverize the lives of many people, be they celebrities or otherwise. Read more about deepfake