Google banned training of deepfakes in Colab1. June 2022
Google banned training of deepfakes in Colab
San Francisco, 6/1/2022
Google has banned training of deepfakes in Colab by changing its terms of service for its users. The company has not publicly announced the change.
Google made the changes in the last two weeks, ending the use of its platform for this purpose. Colab is an online computing resource that allows researchers to run Python code directly from the browser, using free computing resources, including GPUs, for their projects.
The platform was used to train deepfake AI models that created fake videos, articles, images and other types of content that fooled people into thinking they were real.
The full list of discontinued features includes:
media serving or other web service offerings that are not related to interactive
processing data with Colab
downloading torrents or participating in peer-to-peer file sharing
the use of a remote desktop or SSH
connecting to remote proxies
mining cryptocurrencies and carrying out denial-of-service attacks
cracking passwords using multiple accounts to bypass access or resource usage restrictions, and
It is not known if Google made the decision based on a specific case of misconduct or if the company recognized the potential for abuse of this project.
Deepfakes are synthetic media in which a person in an existing image or video is replaced with the likeness of another person. The most recent example was a deepfake by Elon Musk, who promoted a crypto project and managed to scam people out of thousands of dollars.