Celebrity status, sex, and variation in psychopathy predicts judgements of and proclivity to generate and distribute deepfake pornography

Fido, D., Rao, J. and Harper, C. ORCID: 0000-0002-3172-0129, 2022. Celebrity status, sex, and variation in psychopathy predicts judgements of and proclivity to generate and distribute deepfake pornography. Computers in Human Behavior, 129: 107141. ISSN 0747-5632

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Abstract

With the advent of means to generate and disseminate fake, sexualised images of others for the purposes of financial gain, harassment, or sexual gratification, there is a need to assess and understand the public’s awareness and judgements of said behaviour. In two independently-sampled studies, we used moderation (Study 1; n = 290, 42% female) and linear mixed effects (Study 2; n = 364, 51% female) analyses to investigate whether judgements of deepfaking (measured across 12 self-report items) differed as a function of victim status (celebrity, non-celebrity), victim and participant demographics, and image use (sharing, own sexual gratification), whilst controlling for the potential covariates of psychopathy and beliefs about a just world. We consistently observed more lenient judgements of deepfake generation and dissemination for victims who were celebrities and male, and when images were created for self-sexual gratification rather than being shared. Moreover, lenient judgements, as well as proclivity to act were predicted by greater levels of psychopathy. We discuss our findings in the context of future research needing to better understand the general public’s rationale for said disparity in judgements, as well as identifying and combating barriers to disclose victimisation. Open data and a preprint of this paper are available at https://osf.io/fp85q/?view_only=8006547d6a524f4fbb9dd55005c73319.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Computers in Human Behavior
Creators: Fido, D., Rao, J. and Harper, C.
Publisher: Elsevier
Date: April 2022
Volume: 129
ISSN: 0747-5632
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1016/j.chb.2021.107141DOI
1504712Other
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Laura Ward
Date Added: 04 Jan 2022 16:59
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2022 09:54
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/45156

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