This isn’t the first time someone has used AI to identify faces in porn. In 2017, Pornhub announced that it was using machine learning and facial recognition to detect over 10,000 porn stars across the site in an effort to make it easier for users to find content they like. At the time, Motherboard argued the development was a privacy nightmare waiting to happen.
While this technology has the potential to find victims of human trafficking or other forms of sexual exploitation, that’s not the intent here. Rather, it’s a weapon for shaming women and stripping them of their privacy. One user on Fu’s thread tweeted how it won’t be long until people abuse this service to find porn stars that look similar to people they know in real life. That, combined with the sophistication of AI-generated ‘deepfake’ videos, proves the future is truly a horrific place to be a woman.