7 Nov 2023

South actress Rashmika Mandanna said this about her deepfake video going viral

South Indian film actress Rashmika Mandanna, reacting to her deepfake video going viral, on Monday said that it is 'very scary' that technology is being misused. Mandana's co-star in 'Goodboy' Amitabh Bachchan has demanded legal action in this matter.

'Deepfake' is a digital method under which a user can easily replace the image of a person with the image of another person using artificial intelligence (AI).

Rashmika Mandanna wrote on social media platform: 'I feel really hurt to share this and have to talk about the deepfake video of me being spread online.'

She said: Something like this is honestly, extremely scary not only for me, but also for each one of us who today is vulnerable to so much harm because of how technology is being misused. 

The actress wrote furher: 'Today, as a woman and as an actor, I am thankful for my family, friends and well wishers who are my protection and support system. But if this happened to me when I was in school or college, I genuinely can’t imagine how could I ever tackle this.'

Rashmika said we need to address this as a community and with urgency before more of us are affected by such identity theft. 

Amitabh Bachchan was the first one to react to this. Bachchan said, “Yes, this is a strong case (in terms of legal action).” 

Mandana said she was 'really hurt' after watching the video, which shows a woman in a black onesie (a type of a loose-fitting casual jumpsuit for adults) while exercising inside an elevator. Using artificial intelligence (AI), this woman's face has been manipulated to look like Mandana.

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