The Delhi Police reportedly arrested four people on Wednesday who were involved in uploading actress Rashmika Mandanna’s deepfake video online. However, police are still looking for the video’s creators and the main conspirator behind it, reported ANI citing the police.
This comes more than a month after the actor’s edited video became popular on social media and sparked discussions about digital safety. In the video, a lady identified as Zara Patel was seen entering an elevator while sporting a black workout onesie. Artificial Intelligence (AI) was used to edit her face such that it matched Mandanna. Soon after, police started investigating the case by identifying all the IP addresses from where the video was posted. The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) sent a notice to the city police and on November 11, the Intelligence Fusion and Strategic Operations (IFSO) of Delhi Police filed a First Information Report (FIR) against unnamed individuals in connection with the case.
Rashmika responded strongly to the deepfake video, stating she is “really hurt to share and talk about the video”. She added, “Something like this is honestly, extremely scary not only for me but also for each one of us who today is vulnerable to so much harm because of how technology is being misused.”