It goes without saying that with the surprising accuracy of deepfake videos, it’s not hard to imagine that they could be used for nefarious purposes and could present a host of legal issues in the future. Take for example Raffaela Spone from Pennsylvania, who used deepfake technology to allegedly frame her daughter’s cheerleading rivals.


According to the allegations, Spone had created photos and videos of her daughter’s cheerleading rivals using deepfake technology to depict them naked, drinking, and smoking, and had sent the content to their coach. She has since been charged with multiple counts of harassment after detectives realized that the videos and photos were doctored.

Further investigations led to an IP address which was then tracked down to Spone’s home. According to coach Mark McTague, “Victory Vipers has always promoted a family environment and we are sorry for all individuals involved. We have very well-established policies, and a very strict anti-bullying policy in our programme. When this incident came to our attention last year, we immediately initiated our own internal investigation and took the appropriate action at the time. This incident happened outside of our gym.”

It has also been suggested that Spone’s daughter had any idea of what her mother was doing.

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