Tom Cruise Deep Fake Creator Confuses Fans On TikTok
A few weeks ago, the Tik Tok user @deeptomcruise started posting video of Tom Cruise doing random things. The first video showed him playing golf, the second showed him tripping in a store, the third was Cruise doing a magic trick.
The plot twist came when it was revealed that the person in the video is not actually Cruise and that the videos are deep fakes. Deep fakes are a synthetic form of media where an existing video or image is replaced by someone else’s likeness. It is an image, video, or audio recording that seems real, but is manipulated using artificial intelligence.
Users noticed that the person in the videos appears younger, taller and has a deeper voice than the actual Cruise. But the creator’s Cruise laugh had many users convinced and confused.
The account now has 379.5 thousand followers, gaining 200,000 followers and millions of views within the first week the account was created.
Some Tik Tok users pointed out how scary it was that these Tik Toks were so realistic. Twitter user Lauren White suggested all celebrities make a verified account to differentiate themselves from deep fake accounts.
Deep fakes are getting scary good and taking over TikTok. Every public figure should just be on there with a verified account – even if they don’t want to make content – to make it easier to identify their fakes. Here’s Tom Cruise: pic.twitter.com/xoSJt1bvVR
— lauren white (@laurenmwhite) February 25, 2021
Tik Tok’s terms of service don’t say anything about deep fakes specifically, but it condemns the impersonation of another person.
“You may not… impersonate any person or entity, or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent you or your affiliation with any person or entity, including giving the impression that any content you upload, post, transmit, distribute or otherwise make available emanates from the Services,” the terms read.
Cruise has not commented about the videos.