DeepFaceLive face swapping

Released: August 2021

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DeepFaceLive is an open-source tool released in August 2021 that enables users to swap their faces with other people in real-time on Skype, Zoom, Twitch and other video-based streaming and messaging systems.

As noted by the DailyDot, DeepFaceLive is proving popular with TikTok users and content creators for a range of purposes, including transforming themselves into celebrities.

However, the ease with which DeepFaceLive can be made to spoof biometric systems, commit fraud, create revenge porn, concoct and disseminate misinformation and disinformation, and other forms of misuse and abuse, is also drawing flak. 

DeepFaceLive was created by secretive Russian developer Ivan Petrov (aka 'Iperov'). Petrov has also been credited with helping develop DeepFaceLab, the most widely used open-source tool for creating deepfakes.

Operator: DeepFaceLive
Developer: Ivan Petrov
Country: Russia
Sector: Technology
Purpose: Transform identity
Technology: Deepfake - video; Generative adversarial network (GAN); Neural network; Deep learning; Machine learning  
Issue: Privacy; Ethics; Dual/multi-use; Mis/disinformation
Transparency: Governance

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Type: System
Published: September 2021
Last updated: October 2022