Taylor Swift’s Name Unsearchable on X Following Viral Deepfake Incident

Social Media Platform Takes Action After Nonconsensual Deepfakes Circulate

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Users on X have reported that they are unable to search for Taylor Swift’s name, X days after sexually explicit deepfakes of the pop star went viral on the platform. Attempts to search for Swift’s name result in an error message: “Something went wrong. Try reloading.”

Deepfake Circulation:
– Nonconsensual sexually explicit deepfakes of Taylor Swift circulated on X, portraying the pop star in nude and sexual scenarios.
– Deepfakes are generated using artificial intelligence tools to create fake images or by manipulating real photos.

Platform Response:
– X users observed that Swift’s name became unsearchable on the platform after the deepfake incident.
– The origin of the deepfake images is unclear, but they were marked with a watermark suggesting they came from a website known for publishing fake nude celebrity images, particularly in a section dedicated to “AI deepfake.”

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User Reactions and Mass Reporting:
– Swift’s fans reportedly engaged in a mass-reporting campaign, leading to the removal of the deepfake images.
– X has faced criticism in the past for its delayed response to sexually explicit deepfakes.

Positive Messaging and Hashtags:
– Fans flooded hashtags such as “Taylor Swift AI” with positive messages about the singer.
– The hashtag “Protect Taylor Swift” started trending on X as users expressed support for Swift.

Mixed User Reactions:
– Some users celebrated Swift’s name becoming unsearchable, considering it a positive step to safeguard her.
– Others expressed mixed emotions, with one user stating they were “happy and sad at the same time.”

Ongoing Concerns:
– X’s handling of sexually explicit deepfakes and the need for more proactive measures to address such incidents have been ongoing concerns.

X is yet to provide an official comment on the matter. The incident highlights the challenges platforms face in addressing nonconsensual deepfake content and the impact on the individuals targeted.