The Delhi Police achieved a breakthrough on Saturday by apprehending the mastermind responsible for creating the viral deepfake video featuring actor Rashmika Mandanna. The realistic nature of the video sparked a widespread debate on the potential misuse of technology, prompting influential celebrities to voice their concerns. The fabricated video showcased Rashmika Mandanna's face superimposed onto a clip originally featuring British influencer Zara Patel.
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Legal Action Unleashed: IPC and IT Act invoked
In response to this alarming incident, the police registered a case under sections 465 and 469 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860, addressing forgery and the defamation of an individual's reputation. Additionally, Sections 66C (identity theft) and 66E (privacy violation) of the Information Technology Act, 2000, were invoked, underscoring the gravity of the offence.
Celebrities Under Siege: A Disturbing Trend
Rashmika Mandanna joins a growing list of celebrities targeted by the malicious trend of deep fake videos. Notable personalities such as actor Alia Bhatt, Kajol, and legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar have also fallen victim to this disturbing phenomenon. The internet is now inundated with artificially generated content, raising concerns about the vulnerability of public figures to digital manipulation.
Exploiting Fame: Businesses Utilise Deep Fakes For Endorsements
The misuse of deepfake technology extends beyond individual attacks, as some businesses resort to creating deceptive videos featuring celebrities endorsing their brands. Sachin Tendulkar's recent encounter with a deep fake video promoting a gaming application, complete with false claims about his daughter Sara Tendulkar earnings through the app, underscores the need for heightened vigilance.
A Call to Action: Tackling the Proliferation of Misinformation
In response to the escalating threat, Sachin Tendulkar has called attention to the prevalence of fake videos, urging individuals to report such instances. Highlighting the urgency of the situation, he emphasised the importance of social media platforms swiftly addressing complaints to curb the spread of misinformation and fake news.
As the battle against deepfake technology intensifies, the arrest of the main culprit behind the Rashmika Mandanna deep fake video marks a significant step in holding those responsible accountable for the misuse of advanced digital tools.
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