‘It’s scary how we’ve normalised deepfakes’ says Rashmika Mandanna

‘Deepfakes have been around for a while and we’ve normalised them but it isn’t okay,” she said, adding, ‘I always wondered who would even care if I chose to speak up and point out that it isn’t okay.

So, I’m glad people from across the film industries have supported me. I understand now how important it is to speak up. I want to urge women to take the help they need when it happens.’

The Delhi Police recently said that the accused will be arrested soon as they have got vital clues in its probe into the case.

As part of technical analysis, officials are identifying all the IP addresses from where the video was uploaded and are trying to trace the address from where the video was first uploaded on the internet.

The Intelligence Fusion and Strategic Operations (IFSO) of Delhi Police had registered an FIR against unidentified people earlier this month in connection with the case after the Delhi Commission for Women sent a notice to the city police.

In a meeting with social media platforms recently, IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw termed deepfakes as a new threat to democracy and said that the government will come up with new regulations soon to tackle deepfakes.

He added that companies have agreed on the need for clear actionable work in areas such as detection, prevention, strengthening of reporting mechanisms, and raising user awareness.