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Reddit Just Banned r/Deepfakes, Finally

The subreddit that spawned objectionable A.I. porn has lost its home base.

On Wednesday, Reddit finally banned r/deepfakes, the subreddit made infamous for generating a genre of pornography that used A.I. technology to superimpose a celebrity’s face onto a porn star’s body.

The subreddit, which for months had hosted over 50,000 subscribers, had been a hotbed of x-rated content — as well as a shocking number of videos featuring Nicolas Cage’s face on other people’s bodies.

Many of the uncanny-valley videos had been made using a desktop app called FakeApp, a relatively simple deep learning program that runs an algorithm to let users create their own videos. Previous to disappearing from Reddit, r/deepfakes had hosted a download link and a tutorial page on how to use FakeApp.

Obviously, generating pornography featuring a person’s likeness brings up major issues surrounding consent. What’s more, the technology is poised to become a perfect vehicle for creating revenge porn. While Pornhub and Gfycat had recently began taking public precautions to rid their platforms of deepfakes, Reddit had remained silent, until now.

“As of February 7, 2018, we have made two updates to our site-wide policy regarding involuntary pornography and sexual or suggestive content involving minors,” it said in a statement. “These policies were previously combined in a single rule; they will now be broken out into two distinct ones. Communities focused on this content and users who post such content will be banned from the site.”

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A similar proclamation on the policy change was posted to /r/announcements. Shortly thereafter, r/deepfakes was nowhere to be seen.

Users quickly picked up on this fact, asking in the comments feed under the announcement about whether this was a direct action in order to get rid of r/deepfakes.

“This is a comprehensive policy update,” responded admin landoflobsters. “While it does impact r/deepfakes it is meant to address and further clarify content that is not allowed on Reddit. The previous policy dealt with all of this content in one rule; therefore, this update also deals with both types of content. We wanted to split it into two to allow more specificity.

“Thank God that shits creepy,” wrote user Ghost652 under the announcement.

The new rule against posting “involuntary pornography” now reads as follows:

Reddit prohibits the dissemination of images or video depicting any person in a state of nudity or engaged in any act of sexual conduct apparently created or posted without their permission, including depictions that have been faked.

Images or video of intimate parts of a person’s body, even if the person is clothed or in public, are also not allowed if apparently created or posted without their permission and contextualized in a salacious manner (e.g., “creepshots” or “upskirt” imagery). Additionally, do not post images or video of another person for the specific purpose of faking explicit content or soliciting “lookalike” pornography.

At time of writing, other r/deepfakes-associated subreddits had also been banned, including r/deepfakesnsfw, r/nsfwdeepfakes, and r/facesets; a subreddit which encouraged users to post multiple facial images that could then be turned into deepfakes.

R/fakeapp, however, the subreddit tasked with hosting the desktop app technology as well as tutorials and questions, still appeared to be online.

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Steve Irwin: He Gave Attention to One of Nature's Saltiest Big Boys

The endangered saltwater crocodile received a helping hand from Irwin.

The late icon of conservation Steve “The Crocodile Hunter” Irwin would have been 57 years old on Friday, and Google chose the day to mark his extraordinary life with a touching Google Doodle slideshow. Irwin was deeply involved with animals, reptiles especially, from an early age, as his parents ran a reptile park when was a child in Australia.

Steve Irwin Is Still Protecting Animals Worldwide, 13 Years After His Death

The Crocodile Hunter's legacy lives on in thousands of acres of protected land.

In 2004, the late conservationist Steve Irwin caught a lot of heat for feeding a crocodile while simultaneously holding his baby. The incident captured his lifelong approach to animal conservation, which began with his animal-filled childhood and continues even after his death with the conservationist legacy he left behind. Irwin’s 57th birthday would have been on Friday, and he was commemorated with a front-page Google Doodle.

Steve Irwin: How He Rose to Fame as the Crocodile Hunter

Google paid tribute to the star.

Google commemorated the life of Steve Irwin on Friday with a homepage doodle on what would have been the Australian’s 57th birthday. Irwin became a household name through his animal activism and television appearances, first launching onto screens of Animal Planet viewers with his show The Crocodile Hunter.

Irwin was born in the Essendon near Melbourne in 1962 to parents Lyn and Bob Irwin. His parents famously gave him an 11-foot scrub python for his 6th birthday which he named Fred. The young Steve learned a lot from his parents about animals, and they laid the foundations for Beerwah Reptile Park when they bought some land in 1970. Steve learned to wrestle crocodiles from the age of 9, and helped manage the family-owned park. The park was renamed Queensland Reptile and Fauna Park, and in 1990, it was renamed Australia Zoo — the same year Steve met producer John Stainton. He met his future wife, Oregonian Terri Raines, when she was visiting the park the following year. Their croc-filled honeymoon in 1992 formed the first episode of The Crocodile Hunter.

Where to Get Every Game of Thrones Season on Blu-Ray and 4K Blu-Ray

Winter, uh, we mean the final season of this show is coming.

Where were you when Game Of Thrones first premiered on HBO in the summer of 2011? I was interning at a comedy website in New York, so naturally I was surrounded by the biggest nerds you have ever seen in your life, so naturally we all got together to watch the show together on Sunday nights. Wild to think that in the eight years prior, Ned Stark is long dead, Arya is now the most feared assassin in Westeros, and Varys… well, he’s still a real dick.

'You' Season 2: Netflix Release Date, Spoilers, Cast, Trailer, and Theories

Your latest Netflix obsession could be coming back soon.

It’s been over a month since Lifetime’s You made the jump to Netflix and became an overnight sensation. We’re already as obsessed with this series as Joe Goldberg (Penn Badgley) was over Guinevere Beck (Elizabeth Lail), and we can barely wait for the You Season 2 release date.

Thankfully, there’s already a lot of info out there about You Season 2, including a release date window, plot details, returning cast members, and a few new confirmed characters. Here’s everything you need to know, along with a bit of speculation.