Incident 632: Significant Increase in Deepfake Nudes of Taylor Swift Circulating on Social Media

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Description: AI-generated sexually explicit images of Taylor Swift circulated on X, garnering over 45 million views before removal. Originating from a Telegram group, these deepfakes challenge content moderation, as X's policies against synthetic media and nonconsensual nudity were violated.

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Alleged: Microsoft Designer and Various AI image generators developed an AI system deployed by Users in a Telegram group and Users on X, which harmed Taylor Swift and General public.

Incident Stats

Incident ID
632
Report Count
30
Incident Date
2024-01-24
Editors
Daniel Atherton
Taylor Swift deepfakes: a legal case from the singer could help other victims of AI pornography
theconversation.com · 2024

In between her record-shattering Eras tour and cheering on her NFL-star boyfriend Travis Kelce, Taylor Swift may be gearing up for a history-making legal battle over AI pornography. Swift is reportedly preparing to take action against distr…

Trolls have flooded X with graphic Taylor Swift AI fakes
theverge.com · 2024

Sexually explicit AI-generated images of Taylor Swift have been circulating on X (formerly Twitter) over the last day in the latest example of the proliferation of AI-generated fake pornography and the challenge of stopping it from spreadin…

X can’t stop spread of explicit, fake AI Taylor Swift images
arstechnica.com · 2024

Explicit, fake AI-generated images sexualizing Taylor Swift began circulating online this week, quickly sparking mass outrage that may finally force a mainstream reckoning with harms caused by spreading non-consensual deepfake pornography.

Deepfake explicit images of Taylor Swift spread on social media. Her fans are fighting back
apnews.com · 2024
Associated Press post-incident response

NEW YORK (AP) --- Pornographic deepfake images of Taylor Swift are circulating online, making the singer the most famous victim of a scourge that tech platforms and anti-abuse groups have struggled to fix.

Sexually explicit and abusive fake…

If Taylor Swift Can’t Defeat Deepfake Porn, No One Can
wired.com · 2024

If anyone can rally up a base, it’s Taylor Swift.

When sexually explicit, likely AI-generated, fake images of Swift circulated on social media this week, it galvanized her fans. Swifties found phrases and hashtags related to the images and …

Outrage over deepfake porn images of Taylor Swift
fairfieldsuntimes.com · 2024

Fans of Taylor Swift and politicians, including the White House, expressed outrage on Friday at AI-generated fake porn images of the megastar that went viral on X and were still available on other platforms.

One image of the US megastar was…

Taylor Swift deepfake pornography sparks renewed calls for US legislation
theguardian.com · 2024
Ben Beaumont-Thomas post-incident response

The rapid online spread of deepfake pornographic images of Taylor Swift has renewed calls, including from US politicians, to criminalise the practice, in which artificial intelligence is used to synthesise fake but convincing explicit image…

Deepfakes of Taylor Swift have gone viral. How does this keep happening?
mashable.com · 2024

Being a woman online is scary. In the digital world, as in the real world, harassment and abuse affects women and people of marginalised genders every day.

What happened to Taylor Swift this week is a prime — and terrifying — example. AI-ge…

Outrage over deepfake porn images of Taylor Swift
techxplore.com · 2024

US singer-songwriter Taylor Swift performs during her Eras Tour in Inglewood, California on August 7, 2023.

Fans of Taylor Swift and politicians, including the White House, expressed outrage on Friday at AI-generated fake porn images of the…

If anyone can get the US government to take deepfake porn seriously, it’s Swifties
theguardian.com · 2024

Sexually explicit photographs of Taylor Swift are all over the internet. Except they are not actually pictures of Swift: they are deepfakes created with AI technology. Still, the fact they are computer generated doesn’t mean the photos don’…

The Deepfake Porn Problem Is Bigger Than Taylor Swift
slate.com · 2024

Last week, A.I.–generated nude images of pop superstar Taylor Swift were produced and distributed without her consent. They circulated throughout the internet, with one single post on X (née Twitter) garnering 45 million views before the si…

Dear Taylor Swift, we’re sorry about those explicit deepfakes
technologyreview.com · 2024

I can only imagine how you must be feeling after sexually explicit deepfake videos of you went viral on X. Disgusted. Distressed, perhaps. Humiliated, even. 

I’m really sorry this is happening to you. Nobody deserves to have their image exp…

X restores Taylor Swift searches after deepfake explicit images triggered temporary block
apnews.com · 2024
Associated Press post-incident response

LONDON (AP) --- Elon Musk's social media platform X has restored searches for Taylor Swift after temporarily blocking users from seeing some results as pornographic deepfake images of the singer circulated online.

Searches for the singer's …

Taylor Swift deepfake porn points to a fundamental problem: AI can make it, but can’t police it
fortune.com · 2024

Hello and welcome to Eye on AI.

Wall Street investors and almost anyone who's tracking the progress of the generative AI boom is waiting to see what sort of quarterly earnings tech giants Microsoft and Alphabet post after the market close t…

These States Have Banned the Type of Deepfakes That Targeted Taylor Swift
usnews.com · 2024

The public backlash persists over the fake, sexually explicit images of Taylor Swift that recently circulated online. But regulating those AI-generated images may pose more challenges than many realize, as only 10 states have directly outla…

Taylor Swift deepfake porn inundates X, highlighting dangers of AI-generated content
france24.com · 2024

See original URL for a video report.

Taylor Swift is the latest victim of deepfakes on social media, after a flood of sexually explicit AI-generated images of the pop star went viral on X on the evening of January 24. We explain in this edi…

Taylor Swift AI pictures highlight the horrors of deepfake porn. Will we finally care?
usatoday.com · 2024

Imagine waking up to find out someone created fake sexually explicit content of you without your consent. Now imagine it circulating all over the internet for the world to see.

It's a nightmare that's become a reality for more and more wome…

Opinion: The chilling lesson of the Taylor Swift deepfakes
cnn.com · 2024
Laurie Segall post-incident response

Sexually explicit AI-generated photos of pop superstar Taylor Swift have flooded the internet, and we don't need to calm down.

Swift may be one of the most famous women in the world, but she represents every woman and every girl when it com…

Inside the Taylor Swift deepfake scandal: ‘It’s men telling a powerful woman to get back in her box’
theguardian.com · 2024

For almost a whole day last week, deepfake pornographic images of Taylor Swift rapidly spread through X. The social media platform, formerly Twitter, was so slow to react that one image racked up 47m views before it was taken down. It was l…

AI-generated Taylor Swift porn deepfakes ran rampant on X. Will laws catch up?
popsci.com · 2024

Nonconsensual, AI-generated images and video appearing to show singer Taylor Swift engaged in sex acts flooded X, the site formerly known as Twitter, last week, with one post reportedly viewed 45 million times before it was taken down. The …

CT senator to push for tighter laws on deepfake porn after AI-made Taylor Swift images circulate
ctinsider.com · 2024
Vincent Gabrielle post-incident response

State Sen. James Maroney says he is going to target deepfake porn created with artificial intelligence systems in this upcoming legislative cycle that starts next week. The Milford Democrat, who is co-chairman of the task force that include…

Anyone could be a victim of ‘deepfakes’. But there’s a reason Taylor Swift is a target | Jill Filipovic
theguardian.com · 2024

Taylor Swift is having quite a month. The singer-songwriter saw her image in disgusting deepfake porn images that were circulated online, prompting a necessary and overdue conversation on how AI and deepfake porn is used to harass, humiliat…

The Taylor Swift Deepfakes Were Awful. How Do We Stop the Next One?
billboard.com · 2024

When fake, sexually-explicit images of Taylor Swift flooded social media last week, it shocked the world. But legal experts weren’t exactly surprised, saying it’s just a glaring example of a growing problem — and one that’ll keep getting wo…

What to know about how lawmakers are addressing deepfakes like the ones that victimized Taylor Swift
apnews.com · 2024
Geoff Mulvihill post-incident response

Even before pornographic and violent deepfake images of Taylor Swift began widely circulating in the past few days, state lawmakers across the U.S. had been searching for ways to quash such nonconsensual images of both adults and children.

After deepfake porn images target Taylor Swift, is it safe to post photos of kids online?
kslnewsradio.com · 2024

SALT LAKE CITY — AI-generated deepfake porn victimized Taylor Swift, the biggest pop star in the world, last week as sexually explicit images of her swept across the internet and X — formerly Twitter. An expert advises parents not to post i…

It’s not just Taylor Swift ‘nudes’: Millions of teen girls victimized as classmates turn them into deepfake porn
nypost.com · 2024

“Imagine a girl waking up and finding an explicit photo or video that looks like her but it isn’t her,” Dorota Mani told The Post.

That’s what happened to Mani’s 14-year-old daughter, Francesca, who discovered in October that classmates at …

Fake and Explicit Images of Taylor Swift Started on 4chan, Study Says
nytimes.com · 2024
Tiffany Hsu post-incident response

Images of Taylor Swift that had been generated by artificial intelligence and had spread widely across social media in late January probably originated as part of a recurring challenge on one of the internet's most notorious message boards,…

Taylor Swift isn't the only victim of AI porn. Can the spread of deepfake nudes be stopped?
news.yahoo.com · 2024

Late last month, a series of AI-generated, sexually explicit images of pop superstar Taylor Swift circulated across the social media, drawing outrage from her fans and renewing calls for a crackdown on so-called deepfakes.

Fake nude picture…

Pornographic deepfakes such as the ones targeting Taylor Swift do real harm to women
policyoptions.irpp.org · 2024

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When she was just 18, Australian Noelle Martin found falsified sexually explicit images of herself on the internet, crudely created using photographs taken from her social media accounts. While the images …

The Taylor Swift deepfake porn scandal highlights how dangerous AI can be
thehub.ca · 2024

AI is both a gift and a curse. On one hand, it has opened up a new world of possibilities and helped make everyday life easier, faster, and more efficient. On the other hand, it’s opened up Pandora’s box, letting loose a variety of negative…

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