The advent of deepfakes, a form of artificial intelligence that creates false images or videos, has challenged the adage "seeing is believing".

Indian actor Rashmika Mandanna's face was morphed onto a video of British Indian influencer Zara Patel, highlighting the potential misuse of deepfake technology.

The Case of Rashmika Mandanna

Deepfakes, which started as simple face swaps, have evolved into tools for creating pornographic content. In 2019, 96% of the 15,000 deepfake videos found online were adult content.

The Dark Side of Deepfakes

While countries like South Korea and the European Union have laws against the distribution of deepfakes, India lacks a specific law addressing this issue. However, provisions like section 66e of the IT Act of 2000 can be applied in such cases.

Legal Recourse

The incident involving Rashmika Mandanna underscores the urgent need for legal recourse to address the growing issue of deepfakes. As technology races ahead, laws must strive to keep pace.