Deepfakes app Zao is restricted by WeChat for “security risks” | Applications and Software

The deepfakes app Zao was launched on Friday (30) in China and is already controversial because of its proposal to include users’ faces in famous scenes. He had his access restricted by WeChat, which pointed out security risks.

Deepfakes app Zao is restricted by WeChat for security risks

WeChat has banned the download of the new application in your browser and the sending of invitation links within conversations. When users try to do this, the messenger alerts that the page has been “reported several times and contains security risks”.

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Despite the restriction, it is still possible to share videos with edited scenes through WeChat. Available only in China, Zao went viral by making a selfie enough for users to “participate” in portions of films, shows and clips.

Zao limits deepfake to a predefined list of productions and allows you to generate GIFs of famous scenes for users to share on other platforms. In just a few days, the app has become the most popular in the App Store in China and still has a long waiting list.

So easily to create edited videos, more concerns arise about deepfake, which uses artificial intelligence to change people’s faces in videos. The technique, which can be used in fun videos, can also serve to harm others.

In addition, there is the question of who owns the edited videos. An excerpt removed from Zao’s terms of use gave app creators ownership and copyright over user-created content.

Now, Zao developers promise to use this content only to improve the app. They also claim that videos deleted by users will also be removed from their servers.

“We fully understand everyone’s concerns about the privacy issue,” said the Zao team on the Chinese social network Weibo. “We are aware of the problem and we are thinking about how to solve the problems, we need a little time”.

With information: TechCrunch.

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