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LA students, parents warned about spreading deepfake nude photo threat

Several Los Angeles-area school districts have investigated instances of “inappropriate” artificial intelligence-generated images of students circulating online and in text messages in recent months.

Most recently, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) announced it was investigating “the alleged creation and dissemination of inappropriate photos within the Fairfax High School community,” the district told Fox News Digital in a statement. Ta.

“These allegations are taken seriously and do not reflect the values ​​of the Los Angeles Unified community, and appropriate disciplinary action will be taken where warranted.”

A preliminary investigation revealed that the images were suspected to have been “created and shared on a third-party messaging app not affiliated with LAUSD.”

The district is “resolute in providing training on the ethical use of technology, including AI, and is committed to strengthening digital citizenship, privacy and safety education for all members of our school community.” Ta.

AI apps and websites have the ability to superimpose photos of people’s faces onto AI-generated nude photos and, in some cases, videos.

The Los Angeles Unified School District announced last week that an “inappropriate” AI-generated image was distributed this week at Fairfax High School. Getty Images

Titania Jordan, chief parent officer of social media safety company Burke Technologies, told Fox News Digital that recent incidents within LAUSD “are more than just the use of AI for malicious purposes that have an impact on society.” “It points to a big problem.”

“Deepfakes, especially intimate images and videos that are shared and fabricated without consent, are much more than just fun TikTok or Snapchat filters. It can have a devastating real-life impact on victims who do not,” she said. “Complicating matters is the fact that the technology behind it is improving every day. We’re already at the point where it’s hard to tell the difference between a real video and a deepfake.”

This announcement comes after similar cases within the Beverly Hills Unified School District (BHUSD) and Laguna Beach Unified School District (LBUSD).

High school students in the Los Angeles area are being warned about deepfake photos. Jose Calcina – Stock.adobe.com

Earlier this month, Dana Hills High School Principal Jason Aleman sent a letter to parents informing them that AI-generated nude images of students were circulating online. FOX 11 Los Angeles report.

The images were spread online and via text messages, the report said.

“These actions not only undermine the dignity of individuals, but also undermine the positive and supportive environment we strive to foster at LBHS,” Aleman said in the letter, according to FOX 11.

The Los Angeles Unified School District announced that it is investigating “the alleged creation and dissemination of inappropriate photographs within the Fairfax High School community.” google map

Ariana Coulorias, a senior at Dana Hills University, told FOX 11 the image looked “really real.”

“It’s kind of scary to see something like that happen,” Coulorius told the outlet.

In February, middle school students alerted school administrators in Beverly Hills that inappropriate AI images were being circulated at Beverly Vista Middle School.

“We want to make clear that this behavior is unacceptable and does not reflect the values ​​of our school community,” the district said in a statement provided to Fox News Digital at the time. “We know similar situations are occurring across the country, but we must act now. This behavior has reached a level that requires the entire community to work together to stop it immediately. ”

The district noted that abusing AI in this manner may not technically be a crime, as the law has not yet caught up with the technology.

“[W]”We are working closely with the Beverly Hills Police Department throughout this investigation,” the district said. “We are committed to taking the fullest possible action if a criminal offense is discovered.”

Bark Technologies’ Titania Jordan noted that even Taylor Swift recently became a victim of “this privacy violation” stemming from a “viral 4chan challenge” that used AI deepfake technology.

“MS. Swift may have brought a lot of attention to this problem, but this problem has been around for quite some time and happens more often than most people realize. Unfortunately. , because this technology is new, law enforcement and legal actions have been slow to catch up with this technology,” Jordan said.

She added:[s]Students, families, and schools must work together to educate the community about how dangerous and unacceptable it is to create deepfakes without permission. ”

“It’s not just the potential harm from fake nudes; deepfake technology can also be used to commit fraud, robbery, and even influence political action,” Jordan explained.

FOX News’ Bradford Betts contributed to this report.

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