After the news website Motherboard published an article focusing on the Deepnude application, the program faced criticism by the public.
Katelyn Bowden, the founder of “Badass,” pointed out how terrifying the app was. “Badass” is a campaign group aiming to put an end to revenge-porn.
Bowden sees the application as another way to turn women into victims of revenge pornography even “without ever having taken a nude photo.” In her conversation with Motherboard, she noted that this kind of technology should not have ever been made publicly available.
The program uses neural networks based on Artificial Intelligence in order to take off clothes from images of women. The application has been taught to recognize and identify women’s clothes and remove them by matching the person’s skin tone. Next, the program estimates the woman’s features and fills in the blanks.
Technology similar to this one is already being used to create convincing video clips, the so-called deepfakes. The main intention of such software used to be the creation of fake pornographic material featuring celebrities.
The application’s developers have decided to remove it from the internet as, they say, the world is not yet ready for such a program.
The programmers have shared a message on their Twitter account stating that the potential for misuse of the app is too high. They claim that this is not the way they want to earn their money.
The developers promised a refund to everyone who has purchased the app and added that the stripping application would not be available again, in any possible version. They have also withdrawn the right of anyone else to make use of the app. Since the program will still work for those who have downloaded it, the creators are urging people not to share the app.
Its intended purpose, the team claims, was only entertainment. They have set up a website providing two versions of the application. The free one had a noticeable watermark while you had to pay for the version with a small stamp in the image’s corner.
Even though the developers ultimately admitted that the app is “not that great” since it only functions with particular pictures, the demand was high. After Motherboard published its story, people seeking to download the app crashed the owner’s website.