'DeepNude' app to 'undress' women shut down after furor

The so-called DeepNude app designed to virtually undress women was shut down amid an outrages over its potential for abuse
The so-called DeepNude app designed to virtually undress women was shut down amid an outrages over its potential for abuse

The creators of an application allowing users to virtually "undress" women using artificial intelligence have shut it down after a social media uproar over its potential for abuse.

The creators of "DeepNude" said the software was launched several months ago for "entertainment" and that they "greatly underestimated" demand for the app.

"We never thought it would be viral and (that) we would not be able to control the traffic," the DeepNude creators, who listed their location as Estonia, said on Twitter.

"Despite the adopted (watermarks), if 500,000 people use it, the probability that people will misuse it is too high. We don't want to make money this way."

Articles in The Washington Post, Vice and other media showed how the app could be used to take a photo of a clothed woman and transform that into a nude image, sparking outrage and renewed debate over nonconsensual pornography.

"This is a horrifically destructive invention and we hope to see you soon suffer consequences for your actions," tweeted the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative, a group that seeks protection against nonconsenual and "revenge" porn.

Mary Anne Franks, a law professor and president of the CCRI, tweeted later, "It's good that it's been shut down, but this reasoning makes no sense. The app's INTENDED USE was to indulge the predatory and grotesque sexual fantasies of pathetic men."

DeepNude offered a free version of the application as well as a paid version, and was the latest in a trend of "deepfake" technology that can be used to deceive or manipulate.

Although the app was shut down, critics expressed concern that some versions of the software remained available and would be abused.

"The #Deepnude app is out there now and will be used, despite the creator taking it off the market. If only there were a way to disable all the versions out there," CCRI tweeted.


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mqr
Jun 28, 2019
A global study showed that men and women consider the face of a woman as the most beautiful thing that exists. People can have many interpretations of things. But it is hard to deal with the fact that we absolutely adore women, not only their faces and bodies, but also the psychological aspects, and the spiritual ones.

Do you see that there is no an app like that for the body of men? it is because men's body and faces are not equally attractive.

Women can interpret many of these facts as compliments, are proofs that they rule the world, that they are at the center of our minds, that we work for them, workout to make ourselves attractive for them, get money, etc.

A poet once said that women are half the most amazing creation of God, and half the dreams of men. What it means partially is that women underestimate what they mean for us. If a woman look herself at the mirror, she sees part of what we see. We usually are at awe with women's greatness.

Jun 29, 2019
"horrifically destructive invention" LOL


Jun 29, 2019
and the spiritual ones

do you mean the tits?
Ever heard about sexual obsession or benevolent sexism? Coz you swim deep on it.

Forget spirituality, try self-control.

Jun 29, 2019
Just wait until Terahertz frequency cameras are affordable and these fake images will become real images and video. The days when all we had to worry about were deepfakes will make us nostalgic.

Jun 30, 2019
We're weak, defenseless tropical animals who evolved in an environment of high attrition rates. Additionally, chronic intertribal conflict favored tribes that could grow and recover battle losses faster than the competition.

So of course we're obsessed with sex from birth. Freud told us this. Reproduction is our #1 priority.

We're also domesticated animals and so you can shame and punish us into changing our behavior. But we will always look at each other as potential mates FIRST. And this instinct goes far beyond social convention and moral artifice.

Jul 02, 2019
"horrifically destructive invention" LOL

Whats so LOL about it??

Jul 02, 2019
We're weak, defenseless tropical animals who evolved in an environment of high attrition rates. Additionally, chronic intertribal conflict favored tribes that could grow and recover battle losses faster than the competition.So of course we're obsessed with sex from birth. Freud told us this. Reproduction is our #1 priority.We're also domesticated animals and so you can shame and punish us into changing our behavior. But we will always look at each other as potential mates FIRST. And this instinct goes far beyond social convention and moral artifice.
THATS A PATHETIC EXCUSE FOR CONTINUING TO BEING A BEAST, WITH A "SOCIAL" TAG! SHAME AND PUNISH FOR MATING? YOU CAN MATE TILL YOU DIE WITH WHOEVER BUT HOW DARE YOU USE TECH. FOR INVASION OF PRIVACY AND SOCIAL DEGRADATION.

Jul 02, 2019
and the spiritual ones

do you mean the tits?
Ever heard about sexual obsession or benevolent sexism? Coz you swim deep on it.

Forget spirituality, try self-control.
WELL - SAID

Jul 02, 2019
We're weak, defenseless tropical animals who evolved in an environment of high attrition rates. Additionally, chronic intertribal conflict favored tribes that could grow and recover battle losses faster than the competition.So of course we're obsessed with sex from birth. Freud told us this. Reproduction is our #1 priority.We're also domesticated animals and so you can shame and punish us into changing our behavior. But we will always look at each other as potential mates FIRST. And this instinct goes far beyond social convention and moral artifice.
THATS A PATHETIC EXCUSE FOR CONTINUING TO BEING A BEAST, WITH A "SOCIAL" TAG! SHAME AND PUNISH FOR MATING? YOU CAN MATE TILL YOU DIE WITH WHOEVER BUT HOW DARE YOU USE TECH. FOR INVASION OF PRIVACY AND SOCIAL DEGRADATION.
get_lost_you_phony_troll

Jul 02, 2019
This app is not only technically an invasion of privacy, but also lends itself to extortion, libel, and various types of shaming (like "revenge porn"). It was a really bad idea.

One thing not mentioned in the article is whether this was available on any App Store run by any reputable company. I doubt it, but it would be interesting to know. I can't imagine being stupid enough to pay for it otherwise. You gonna give your credit card numbers to a bunch of lowlifes who made an app like this? You gotta be kidding.

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