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Tom Cruise deepfake on TikTok brings up cyber security concerns

If you’ve been scrolling through TikTok lately, you might have come across some random videos of Tom Cruise — but it’s not actually him.

The “Mission: Impossible” actor has been seen on the platform doing magic and showing off his golf skills. The videos circulating have garnered a whopping 11 million views in total. However, the action movie star hasn’t been on the app at all. It was revealed that this TikToker Tom Cruise was a product of deepfake technology. The technique uses artificial intelligence to swap one’s face on someone else’s body.

Internet users were alarmed to see how highly-polished the impersonation was, even getting his voice down perfectly. The TikTok page @deeptomcruise recently went private after the videos started gaining attention from media outlets.

People mostly took issue with it because it poses as a concern for cyber security. If deepfake technology could convince us that it was Tom Cruise, imagine what it could do to political figures. It also puts regular citizens at risk of being incriminated for something they may not be guilty of.

Apparently some users have already been playing around with the technology. This TikTok shows a deepfake of Vladimir Putin, the long-time president of Russia.

Is it high time that technologies that are ripe for abuse be regulated already?


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