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A series of videos of the Top Gun star have been viewed more than 11 million times on the now mysteriously private TikTok account @deeptomcruise — with experts deeming them the most alarmingly lifelike examples so far of the high-tech hoax.

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The videos of the fake Cruise emerged last week, starting with one claiming to be the 58-year-old actor practicing his golf swing. “If you like what you’re seeing, just wait ’til what’s coming next,” the fake Cruise says — with the clip ending in an incredibly lifelike impersonation of the actor’s instantly recognizable laugh. 

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The deepfake videos are so realistic that they have frightened many on social media about what it could mean for safety. “We need to legally shut down a video that borrows more than a specific percentage of our features,” one user tweeted. “This needs to be a GDPR and CCPA crime, identity theft and has to hit the platform failing to immediately delete it. Tom Cruise has a brand and he can sue for confusion thereof.” 

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Rachel Tobac, the CEO of online security company SocialProof, tweeted that the videos proved we have reached a stage of almost “undetectable Deepfakes,” adding that “just because you feel you can personally tell the difference between synthetic & authentic media, it doesn’t mean we’re good to go. It matters what the general public believes.” 

She continued: “Deepfakes will impact public trust, provide cover & plausible deniability for criminals/abusers caught on video or audio, and will be (and are) used to manipulate, humiliate, & hurt people,” she said adding they had “real world safety, political etc impact for everyone.”



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