AI Deepfakes of Song Hye Kyo & BTS’ V Raise Privacy Concerns

The double-edged sword of Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been evident once again. While AI has the potential to revolutionize industries, its misuse can lead to unsettling outcomes. The recent emergence of AI deepfakes featuring renowned Korean actress Song Hye-Kyo and BTS’s V on social platforms has heightened concerns among their admirers.

A trending post captioned, “The Deepfakes of Song Hye-Kyo and BTS V Are Alarmingly Realistic,” showcased AI-crafted GIFs of the two celebrities. These GIFs bore an uncanny resemblance to the real individuals, misleading many until a vigilant fan highlighted the absence of such images or videos from the celebrities’ official accounts.

Song Hye-Kyo’s Amazing Career

Song Hye Kyo, a celebrated figure in the South Korean entertainment realm, boasts a vast fanbase. Her notable works encompass dramas like The Glory (2022), Descendants of the Sun (2016), and Full House (2004).

BTS’ V: A Musical Maestro

Known by his stage name V, Kim Taehyung stands out as a member of BTS celebrated for his rich tones and charismatic appearance. With a massive social media following, V recently unveiled his debut solo album, Layover.

Deepfakes: A Rising Concern

The deepfakes in question, which are being withheld for ethical reasons, have prompted calls for management agencies to address such unauthorized uses. Concerns have been raised about manipulating artists’ images using AI, altering their facial attributes and more.

BIGHIT MUSIC, BTS’s agency, has been proactive in countering the spread of unfounded rumours and harmful content about the group. As BTS members take a short break for mandatory military duties and individual projects, they plan to regroup in 2025.

Public Outcry Over Deepfake Technology

The Korean public has voiced apprehensions about the potential of deepfake technology. Many have publicly urged for legal measures to safeguard celebrities from unauthorized use of their likeness. The rapid advancements in AI technology further underscore the urgency of these concerns.

“The deepfakes are discernible now, but the scenario might escalate soon. Legal frameworks addressing this are imperative. I’ve come across viral clips of them, all fabricated,” commented a concerned netizen.

The overarching sentiment is clear: the rapid progression of AI demands immediate legal interventions to prevent potential misuse, especially concerning deepfakes.

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