Telegram Still Hasn't Removed an AI Bot That's Abusing Women
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A deepfake bot has been generating explicit, non-consensual images on the platform. The researchers who found it say their warnings have been ignored.
Messaging app Telegram is under pressure to crack down on an AI bot that has generated tens of thousands of non-consensual images of women on its platform.

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Law enforcement bodies are looking into the activity of a deepfake bot, which is believed to have been used to produce explicit images of underage girls. Data protection regulators in Italy have also opened an investigation into its use, and access to the bot has been restricted on Apple's iOS.

The scrutiny of Telegram comes as multiple investigations into the use of the messaging service have also discovered private groups sharing non-consensual "revenge porn" photos and videos of women that were not generated by AI. Reports from America, Italy, South Korea, and Israel have all detailed how Telegram has been used to share abusive images over the past year.

Researchers claim Telegram has failed to act against the deepfake bot, which automates the creation of nude images of women. The bot uses a version of the DeepNude AI tool, which was originally created in 2019, to remove clothes from photos of women and generate their body parts. Anyone can easily use the bot to generate images. More than…
Matt Burgess, WIRED UK
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