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A 26-year-old Taiwanese YouTuber, who goes by the name Xiao Yu, was recently arrested for selling deepfake pornographic videos of various individuals, ranging from influencers, to celebrities and even government officials.

Xiao Yu, whose real name is Zhu Yu Chen, retired from YouTubing in April this year. At that time, there were already rumours that he was involved in doctoring deepfake videos of influencers. 

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Taiwanese YouTuber Xiao Yu
​​​​​​​Deepfake videos make use of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to replace the faces of people in existing media with other people. Such technology has been made more accessible recently, giving rise to a surge of deepfake sex videos featuring celebs and persons of interest.

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