The Ukrainian who found movies of her talking in Chinese about the advantages of Russia | EUROtoday

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Ukrainian pupil Olga Loek, 21, who research on the University of Pennsylvania (USA), was stunned in the future when she discovered herself talking Mandarin Chinese, selling Russian merchandise and praising the friendship between China and Russia. Her face appeared in a number of thousand movies on the chinese language social networks.

Olga turned out to be the most recent sufferer of know-how deepfakea type of synthetic intelligence that’s used to manipulate movies and audio recordings creating false however convincing realities of actual individuals saying or doing issues they by no means really did. His face and his picture had been kidnapped. She turned suspicious final yr, when she began receiving messages from individuals claiming to have seen her talking Chinese on Chinese social media, a language Olga doesn't really know.

After figuring out round 35 accounts that used his picture, a few of which have amassed tens of hundreds of followers, Loek shared his expertise on his YouTube channel. The younger girl is outraged by the manipulation of his picture and his voice to speak pro-Russian sentiments. Especially since they conflict together with his place relating to the Russia's coverage in the direction of Ukraine.

Without figuring out it, Olga has been a well-known face in China. It seems in quite a few movies on Chinese platforms just like YouTube (platform Bilibili) and Instagram (Xiaohongshu). They normally current her with completely different names: Natasha, April, Stacey or Sofia.

The scandal has unfold to Hey Gen, the corporate accountable for the substitute intelligence know-how used to create these digital doubles. Olga's doubles created by synthetic intelligence began appearing in 2023, shortly after the lady launched her YouTube channel. More than 4,900 movies utilizing his face.

Meanwhile, debates proceed concerning the stability between regulation of know-how of synthetic intelligence to keep away from its misuse and preservation of innovation and freedom of expression. The firm blocked Olga Loek's photographs from its system to forestall additional misuse after the criticism.

“I could see my face and hear my voice. But it was all very creepy because I saw myself saying things I had never said. I don't want anyone to think I ever said such terrible things. “Using a Ukrainian lady as a face to advertise Russia…she's loopy,” says Olga. For her, this situation became even more unpleasant due to the fact that His family still lives in Ukraine.shift BBC News.

Many of these videos have already been deleted. But the scandal took on greater proportions after Olga's boyfriend spoke about this situation on Twitter. In justification, a HeyGen spokesperson said the company's systems were hacked to create “unauthorized content material.” He added that the company immediately updated its security protocols to prevent further abuse.

Many videos promoted the idea of ​​friendship between China and Russia. Something especially painful for Olga, since it is precisely the Chinese Government that is facilitating that Russia continues to have economic resources to keep its invasion going despite international sanctions.