Incident 174: Fake LinkedIn Profiles Created Using GAN Photos

Description: More than a thousand inauthentic LinkedIn profiles using allegedly GAN-generated photos were notified by researchers at Stanford to LinkedIn’s staff, and many of which were removed for violating rules against creating fake profiles and falsifying information.


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Alleged: unknown developed and deployed an AI system, which harmed LinkedIn users.

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Sean McGregor, Khoa Lam


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