Face-swapping apps have recently been the hype amongst netizens, and whether it’s between two people in one frame or between the user and a celebrity figure, people just can’t get enough of exchanging faces with others to create some of the wackiest combinations out there.
App developers from China quickly caught up with their own version of a face-swapping app, improving upon its base features, and saying they’re not to be trifled with. But it seems that the Chinese have taken it too far, creating what seems to be a dangerous app that could harm innocent people in court cases.
Zao, the AI-based deepfake app developed in China, poses huge security concerns for its users because of how convincing the results can get. What’s even more terrifying is the fact that the user’s face can be superimposed on GIFs and videos other than photos, all in 10 seconds or less.
|A Face-Swap in a Leonardo DiCaprio movie / Photo by: Oddity Central|
Deepfake apps have been a hot-button topic amongst famous celebrities and the users involved because of how it can compromise the reputation of people in fame, but Zao entails a much greater threat for people due to how easy it is to convince other people using images, whereas deepfake apps in the past can only do so through audio manipulation.
Zao will probably have its own database where all the faces uploaded by users can be stored, and the danger with this is two-fold. The most obvious one is the possibility for developers to use the data they collected from Zao’s users for their own purpose by selling it to third-party individuals. The second fold is, more or less, the same but it involves cybercriminals hacking their way into the database and steal the data collected by Zao. Either way, the privacy of Zao users will be compromised. It’s not only the privacy of famous people that are at stake here but also the users’.
|A Face-Swap in a Chinese movie / Photo by: Oddity Central|