S’pore Woman Speaks Out About Being A Victim Of DeepNude App

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Imagine waking up to nudes of yourself gone viral overnight.

Your phone is blowing up with messages from people you know asking if you are aware of what has happened, strangers are suddenly sliding into your DM and leaving sexual remarks.

In addition, your follower count on Instagram among other social platforms have shot up within a few hours.

But here’s the catch: the body attached to your face doesn’t even belong to you.

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That’s what many women in Singapore (and the world) have been dealing with recently.

Women are increasingly falling victim to photo theft, but worse

According to The New Paper, there have been a rising number of women locally who have their images stolen from social platforms and doctored before being shared on adult forums and sites.

One such victim is known as Rose.

The 27-year-old had posted a perfectly harmless selfie on her social media more than a year ago. However, her photo surfaced on an adult forum just last week.

This time, something was amiss – her clothes were nowhere to be found. Rose believes that this led to the rise of her follower count online, adding that it was “disgusting, disrespectful and perverted”.

Since then, she has decided to make her social media accounts private.

So, how does this happen? Photoshop?

Nope, that’s so yesterday.

App in question – DeepNude

DeepNude is an infamous application which uses artificial intelligence and advanced machine learning algorithms to remove clothes from images of women. In other words, a fully clothed woman can appear to be naked. According to Vox, the end-result is not only realistic, but “blatantly unethical” as well.

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