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Shockingly realistic Tom Cruise deepfakes go viral on TikTok

The videos, which have been appearing on user @deeptomcruise’s account since 25 February, are some of the most convincing deepfakes out there.

Deepfakes use a form of artificial intelligence called deep learning to make images of fake events. They are a synthetic media in which a person in an existing image or video is replaced with someone else’s likeness, making people appear to have said something they have not.

Photographer Lauren White commented on the videos. “Deep fakes are getting scary good and taking over TikTok,” she said.

“Every public figure should just be on there with a verified account – even if they don’t want to make content – to make it easier to identify their fakes.”

The speech included jokes about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s move to the US, as well as a nod to the scandal surrounding the Duke of York and his connection to convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

“People now conduct large parts of their lives online and their online activity can make and break reputations. Such an online environment, where data is property and information power, is ideally suited for exploitation by AI-based criminal activity”, said Dr Matthew Caldwell who authored the research.

“Unlike many traditional crimes, crimes in the digital realm can be easily shared, repeated, and even sold, allowing criminal techniques to be marketed and for crime to be provided as a service. This means criminals may be able to outsource the more challenging aspects of their AI-based crime.”

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