Deep fake porn: Jessica Rosenthal and Sawsan Chebli fight back

October 28, 2022, North Rhine-Westphalia, Oberhausen: Jessica Rosenthal, chairwoman of the Young Socialists (Jusos), opens the federal congress with her speech.  In advance, she spoke in favor of a wealth tax …

Jessica Rosenthal is a member of the SPD Bundestag and chairwoman of the Jusos.Image: dpa / Roberto Pfeil

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Joana Rettig

Ruin the reputation of female politicians with artificial intelligence? This is very easy and is increasingly being used in a perfidious way.

Artificially produced pornography by well-known politicians and other celebrities is appearing more and more frequently on the Internet. Like the news magazine “mirror” reported, those affected are now taking action and are demanding measures against this discrediting from the FDP Digital Minister Volker Wissing.

February 5, 2019, Berlin: Sawsan Chebli (SPD), State Secretary for Civic Engagement and International Affairs, speaks at the opening of the exhibition

Sawsan Chebli is repeatedly confronted with hate and hate speech online.Image: dpa / Christoph Soeder

According to the report, the SPD politicians Jessica Rosenthal and Sawsan Chebli are among them.

These pornographic recordings are so-called deep fakes. The face of the victim can be mounted in videos and photographs – even in moving images, this fake looks deceptively real. It is true that the distribution of such fake videos without the consent of the people depicted can be punishable, but the providers of such porn apparently don’t care much. Such recordings of numerous leading German politicians can now be found on relevant portals.

“With the new face swap apps, every holiday photo can become hardcore porn.”

Application text of the petition of “Hate Aid”

Because nowadays there are even simple apps that can be used to easily deepfake, it is possible for any layman to create such porn. Apparently, these apps even advertise that porn recordings can also be generated with them.

That is why the organization “Hate Aid”, which normally supports those affected by verbal hatred on the Internet, is now demanding in a statement published on Thursday petitionthat the federal government is taking action against deep fake apps.

In concrete terms, this means: Digital Minister Volker Wissing is asked to ensure that app providers are no longer allowed to offer and advertise apps for creating manipulated nude photos. Apps without any protective measures should no longer be able to be downloaded.

The SPD politician and Juso chairwoman Jessica Rosenthal is one of the signatories of this petition. Her comrade Sawsan Chebli (SPD) also supports this project. In the past, Chebli had repeatedly been the victim of right-wing violence on the Internet.

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The influencer Louisa Dellert is also one of the first to sign the “Hate Aid” petition.Image: imago images/ Eventpress

In addition to Rosenthal and Chebli, the chairwoman of the Women’s Union, Annette Widmann-Mauz, also supports the petition, as does the Weißer Ring organization. The political influencer Louisa Dellert is also one of the signatories.

Physical self-determination in focus

“Hate Aid” published this petition together with the Federal Association of Women’s Counseling Centers and the platform against non-consensual nude pictures Anna Nackt. The text of the application states:

“Each person must be able to make self-determined decisions about their own body and their intimacy. But what most of us take for granted is now at stake for all of us with the new Face Swap Apps (…) With the new Face Swap Apps can turn any holiday photo or profile photo into hardcore porn in seconds.”

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