Why You Should Be (Very) Worried About the Tom Cruise Deepfakes

If you didn’t create an image, you have no way to authenticate it

After creating a convincing viral series of Tom Cruise deepfakes on TikTok, VFX specialist Chris Ume told The Verge, “You can’t do it by just pressing a button. That’s important, that’s a message I want to tell people.” He went on to say that each clip took weeks of work using the open-source DeepFaceLab algorithm as well as established video editing tools. The key takeaway, and the title of the article, was Tom Cruise deepfake creator says public shouldn’t be worried about “one-click fakes.”