The recent Tom Cruise deepfakes have been trending and the creator’s TikTok account grew from 136k followers and 334k likes on 2/25 to 385k followers and 1.1M likes in just seven days!
These deepfakes appear to have been created by cleverly face-swapping Tom Cruise’s facial features on an impersonator having a strong physical resemblance to the Hollywood star. The face-swapping job is well done, with skillfully crafted lighting and pixelation corrections. The impersonator’s matching hairstyle and voice imitation skills add to the believability.
FakeNetAI’s State of the Art deepfake detection software is powered by a machine learning model trained on thousands of original and deepfake videos and is able to detect deepfakes with over 95% accuracy.
FakeNetAI’s model is able to identify imperceptible deepfake pixelation in these videos and infers that these videos are deepfakes with 79% confidence. These are by far some of the highest quality deepfake videos we’ve seen. Here is a video of FakeNetAI’s model in action.
Since the government of India banned the TikTok app in June last year, we saw the TikTok video using VPN.
In our investigation, we extracted keyframes from the video and put them through Reverse Image Search. The search led us to a video on YouTube, which was uploaded in March 2021.
Further, the reverse image searched also led us to a tweet posted by CNN on March 4. “A series of deepfake videos of Tom Cruise is confusing millions of TikTok users”, the tweet read.
A series of deepfake videos of Tom Cruise is confusing millions of TikTok users. See the convincing videos and learn how this technology could be used to spread misinformation. https://t.co/IKBaObe9Nu pic.twitter.com/GQQGTL6mwS
— CNN (@CNN) March 4, 2021
All the information put together here proves the video is edited and it is a deepfake technology that could be used to spread misinformation.
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