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Reddit made a move to combat AI-powered, non-consensual porn

Don't replace this face.
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If it comes to the nonconsensual stitching of women’s faces into pornography videos, it ends up Reddit has had enough.  

On Feb. 7, the business banned the subreddit known as r/deepfakes. The community, which had gathered over 80,000 subscribers in its brief existence, promoted a form of face-swap technologies that allowed people to realistically superimpose one confront over another in a movie clip, prompting many to portray celebrity girls in hardcore porn they hadn’t consented to.  

The technology has some frightening consequences, and allowing a community to flourish around it was apparently only one step too far for Reddit. Although the company did not respond to requests for comment from Mashable or even Motherboard in the previous two weeks, a message submitted to the deepfakes page makes its intentions clear.

“This community was banned,” the subreddit page today reads. “The subreddit was prohibited because of a violation of our content coverage, specifically our coverage against involuntary porn”  

The page that is r/deepfakes.

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Reddit was slow to act — letting Pornhub capture the moral high ground and declare it would prohibit deepfakes out of its platform while Reddit seemed to twiddle its thumbs. Twitter also conquer Reddit to the punch, banning deepfake videos on Tuesday.

In a announcement issued now, Reddit clarified that it had updated its site-wide rules against submitting involuntary pornography.

“Reddit prohibits the dissemination of video or images depicting any individual in a state of nudity or engaged in any act of sexual conduct apparently created or submitted without their permission, such as depictions that were falsified,” read the rules in part.

In the end, it seems Reddit eventually thought better of allowing non-consensual porn on its own platform — the stuff that is highly publicized, anyhow.

H/T Motherboard

This post was updated to include Reddit’s new rules on porn.

Read: http://mashable.com/

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