DeepNude nudification app provokes controversy

Occurred: June 2019

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DeepNude was an app that enabled users to strip any woman of her clothes and see her naked within a few seconds for USD 50. 

Launched in June 2019, DeepNude immediately proved controversial, with civil and privacy rights advocates complaining that it was unethical, objectified women, and could be used for revenge porn and other nefarious purposes. 

The anonymous developer of the app told Vice that they were 'not a voyeur, I'm a technology enthusiast', and that they also wanted to create a male version.

The app was quickly removed, with the developer having reputedly grappled with their ethical conscience.

Operator: DeepNude
Developer: Anonymous/pseudonymous
Country: Estonia; Global
Sector: Media/entertainment/sports/arts
Purpose: Undress women
Technology: Deepfake - image
Issue: Privacy; Ethics; Bias/discrimination - gender  
Transparency: Governance; Privacy

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Type: Incident
Published: March 2023