The dark side of AI on social media

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Even innocent images or videos shared on social media can be transformed into explicit content using artificial intelligence (AI), civil society warns.

Women and children are particularly vulnerable.

Mak Chee Kin, president of the Melaka Action Group for Parents in Education (Magpie), said parents should refrain from sharing photos or videos of their children on social media.

He said irresponsible, tech-savvy individuals could do all kinds of things with images or videos found online.

“In the age of AI and advanced technologies, incidents of fraudulent or falsified images, and in some cases, voices, occur.

“The truth is that the more a person is exposed to social media, the more risk they are at,” he said.

He pointed out that even those who innocently share images or videos of their loved ones on social media could face unwanted consequences.

“What was supposed to be a fun, happy thing could lead to unforeseen problems,” Mak added.

Parent Action Group for Education chairman Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim said parents should prepare their children to be mentally strong and intelligent enough to face these technological challenges.

“What we can do is take care of our own children and build their confidence and mental strength to overcome such situations.

“Even though it’s easier said than done, it’s best to talk about it with children and strengthen their minds,” she said.

When asked, Noor Azimah admitted that the culture of oversharing online was partly to blame, as children were too eager to share without realizing the consequences.

Persatuan Sahabat Wanita Selangor executive director Irene Xavier also said women should be warned to be careful when uploading photos of themselves and their families.

“We have cases of women who have posted photos of themselves in revealing positions for their boyfriends online, and when the relationship deteriorates, those photos have been misused,” she said.

She added that women should think carefully before posting photos of themselves.

In September, a Melaka MP highlighted how a private Telegram group had uploaded hundreds of doctored and obscene photos of innocent victims, including female executives, housewives and even young men.

Kota Laksamana MP Low Chee Leong said the doctored image included a 65-year-old grandmother wearing a bikini.

Earlier this year, Mstar also highlighted how some circles were using AI to overlay photos of naked women.

It cites user @magmalaya who posted a message on X (formerly known as Twitter) warning women against posting too much on social media because of this.

The comments section of the post was also filled with users discussing how some were conducting “business” selling the images.

Recently in Spain, more than 20 girls in a town came forward as victims of AI-generated nude images, which were created by feeding an AI app with photos of themselves fully clothed on social networks.

Some girls had received demands for payment from the creators of these images, or their photos would be uploaded to adult websites.

MCA Public Services and Complaints Department head Datuk Seri Michael Chong said sneaky individuals usually carried out background checks on those they wanted to target with deep fakes.

Chong said some of the cases he handled involved boyfriends, girlfriends and married partners who had separated.

“There are cases where perpetrators superimpose images of people in obscene acts, destroying their reputation and even extorting money from them.

“If you are a victim, do not keep it to yourself. Talk to those around you or to non-governmental organizations that have expertise in this area.

“From there, evaluate your options and decide what you want to do next,” he said, adding that includes filing police reports.

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