Man in Japan Uses Deepfakes Technology to De-pixelate Pornographic Content

News about deepfakes has been creeping into newsfeeds for the last several years, but last month, big headlines were made in Japan.

The country witnessed the first criminal case involving the use of deepfake technology. The crime? Using deepfake tech to de-pixelate censored pornographic content.

What’s the full story?

Website owner Masayuki Nakamoto, 43, was found to have used the artificial intelligence-driven tool “DeepFake” to depixelate—or in other words, unblur—the genitalia of several Japanese adult performer images. This is a crime in Japan, where an obscenity law prohibits the explicit display of genitalia.

Deepfakes, which are digital manipulations of someone’s

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