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Instagram Is Profiting Off Disgusting Apps That Undress People Without Their Consent

Instagram Is Profiting Off Disgusting Apps That Undress People Without Their Consent

Grim. Dressed Down AI image generators that claim the ability to “undress” celebrities and random women are nothing new — but now, they’ve been spotted in monetized ads on Instagram. As 404 Media reports, Meta — the parent company of Facebook and Instagram — contained in its ad library several paid posts promoting so-called “nudify” apps, which use AI to make deepfaked nudes out of clothed photos. In one ad, a photo of Kim Kardashian was shown next to the words “undress any girl for free” and “try it.” In another, two AI-generated photos of a young-looking girl sit side by side — one with her wearing a long-sleeved shirt, another appearing to show her topless, with the words “any clothing delete” covering her breasts. Over the past six months, these sorts of apps have gained unfortunate notoriety after they were used to generate fake nudes of teen girls in American schools and Europe, prompting investigations and law proposals aimed at protecting children from such harmful AI uses. As Vice reported at the end of last year, …

An Erection Is Not Consent

An Erection Is Not Consent

Source: YorVern / iStock Imagine a group of men sitting in a circle, talking about how one of them was groomed by a woman—how she got him drunk, coerced an erection, and manipulated him into having sex. She then blackmailed him, made him think he didn’t have an option of refusing her, or perhaps he did refuse, and she did not stop. Imagine him calling it rape. Although few incidents of male sexual assault are reported in any given year, the reality is that men are victims of sexual harassment, molestation, and rape on a daily basis. When we think of sexual violence against men, we typically assume that the perpetrators are other men, but the truth is that men are abused by women as often as they are by other men. Rape of men by women is far more prevalent than we see or hear about in the news, social media, or even in our hospital and legal systems. Underreporting is often due to the shame and stigma of being perceived as “not man …

HHS tells hospitals to get patient consent before invasive exams

HHS tells hospitals to get patient consent before invasive exams

Hospitals must obtain informed consent from patients before allowing physicians to conduct sensitive and invasive examinations such as pelvic and prostate, particularly if the patients are under anesthesia, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said Monday.  In new guidance and in a letter sent to teaching hospitals, HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra and other officials said they were acting based on “increasing concerns” about the absence of informed patient consent in educational settings.   “The Department is aware of media reports as well as medical and scientific literature highlighting instances where, as part of medical students’ courses of study and training, patients have been subjected to sensitive and intimate examinations,” HHS said in the letter.  “It is critically important that hospitals set clear guidelines to ensure providers and trainees performing these examinations first obtain and document informed consent from patients before performing sensitive examinations in all circumstances,” the agency said.  A New York Times investigation in 2020 found that hospitals and physicians, including medical students in training, aren’t required to obtain explicit consent from …

why using films to teach about consent risks misunderstandings

why using films to teach about consent risks misunderstandings

Critically-acclaimed and award-winning film How to Have Sex is due to be screened in UK secondary schools to help initiate conversations about consent. The plan is the result of a partnership between the film, distributor Mubi and the Schools Consent Project, a charity that provides workshops led by volunteers with legal training to give young people information about the law around sex. How to Have Sex explores complexities around the conditions in which people make choices about sex and relationships, and how they communicate and interpret consent. The film follows 16-year-old Tara (Mia McKenna-Bruce) on a post-GCSEs holiday to Malia, Crete, with friends Skye and Em. The aim is to party hard and for Tara, the only one in the group to not have had sex, to lose her virginity. However, while her experience is not what she hoped for, this is not a straightforward cautionary tale of the dangers of drinking and casual sex. It is encouraging that the Schools Consent Project is offering workshops on consent in schools to explore the issues raised …

CONSENT Act introduced with Bumble endorsement

CONSENT Act introduced with Bumble endorsement

Dating app Bumble has endorsed the CONSENT Act, a federal cyberflashing bill in the U.S. Cyberflashing is sending nude images without consent. In a 2021 survey of nearly 1,800 respondents in England and Wales, 48 percent of adults 18-24 said they received a sexual photo they didn’t ask for. The CONSENT Act (Curbing Online Non-consensual Sexually Explicit Nudity Transfers), if passed, would provide legal recourse against individuals who knowingly cyberflashed, whether they used photos altered digitally (like with AI) or not, according to an email Bumble sent to Mashable. Further, the bill would provide compensatory damages and safeguards for the privacy of minors (by allowing a legal guardian to bring about civil action on their behalf, and allowing them to be referred to by their initials). SEE ALSO: Bumble launches AI tool to weed out scams and fake profiles The CONSENT Act is bipartisan and bicameral, introduced by Representatives Jennifer McClellan (D-VA-04) and Nathaniel Moran (R-TX-01) and Senators Brian Schatz (D-HI) and Steve Daines (R-MT). Mashable After Dark For years, Bumble has campaigned for cyberflashing …

Fans praise Dwayne Johnson for asking for consent before lifting Drew Barrymore

Fans praise Dwayne Johnson for asking for consent before lifting Drew Barrymore

Stay ahead of the trend in fashion and beyond with our free weekly Lifestyle Edit newsletter Stay ahead of the trend in fashion and beyond with our free weekly Lifestyle Edit newsletter Fans have praised Dwayne Johnson for asking for consent before picking Drew Barrymore up while appearing on her talk show, The Drew Barrymore Show. During his recent appearance on her program, Barrymore took Johnson by surprise when she hilariously dressed up as him. For the occasion, she opted for one of Johnson’s iconic outfits, as she wore a black shirt over fake muscles, blue jeans, a brown fanny pack, a gold chain, and a short black haired wig with sideburns. During one moment of the program – which was shared on the show’s Instagram – Barrymore asked the Moana star if he could do five squats with her on his back. In response, Johnson laughed and enthusiastically said that he could do the challenge, before offering to do the squats then and there. After Barrymore agreed to the task, she then stepped onto …

Affirmative consent campaign calls for sexual assault law change in England and Wales – but this approach has pitfalls, too

Affirmative consent campaign calls for sexual assault law change in England and Wales – but this approach has pitfalls, too

A new campaign by non-profit Right to Equality, in partnership with creative agency CPB London and actress and comedian Emily Atack, has called for the adoption of affirmative consent as a legal standard in England and Wales. The campaign’s use of the slogan “I’m asking for it” received widespread criticism. It was labelled offensive by survivors of sexual violence, who pointed to the use of the phrase to blame women for their own sexual assault. This has resulted in some re-messaging. Right to Equality has released further promotional images with different slogans, such as “only yes means yes”. But the campaign’s aim remains the same: to change the law so that consent must be given through clear words or actions indicating permission to engage in sexual activity. In short, this change would aim to make a “yes” the proof of consent, rather than the absence of a “no”. However, there are different approaches to affirmative consent in law, and they are not without their own issues. These can include focusing attention on the actions of …

ICO calls for views on allowing UK publishers to tell readers: ‘consent or pay’

ICO calls for views on allowing UK publishers to tell readers: ‘consent or pay’

Autotrader cookies pop-up with both ‘accept all’ and ‘reject all’ option The UK’s information watchdog is considering its regulatory approach to the so-called “consent or pay” model of allowing personalised advertising. Under “consent or pay” users can either agree to share their personal information for better targeted advertising, or pay to keep their data private. Asking users for payment counteracts the fact that publishers get a lower yield from non-personalised advertising. A letter from the Information Commissioner’s Office to the Association of Online Publishers and Internet Advertising Bureau UK has confirmed that UK publishers are considering introducing this model. The ICO letter said: “We expect all websites using cookies or similar technologies to serve personalised ads to give people a fair choice over whether they consent to the use of such technologies. The easiest way to give users a fair choice is to ensure that users can reject non-essential advertising cookies as easily as they can accept them. Thanks for subscribing. Close “We understand however that some of your members are considering so-called ‘consent or …

Roku disables TVs and streaming devices until users consent to new terms

Roku disables TVs and streaming devices until users consent to new terms

Roku users around the country turned on their TVs this week to find an unpleasant surprise: the company required them to consent to new dispute resolution terms in order to access their device. The devices are unusable until the user agrees. Users (at least, this user) received an email the day before saying that “we have made changes to our Dispute Resolution Terms, which describe how you can resolve disputes with Roku. We encourage you to read the updated Dispute Resolution Terms. By continuing to use our products or services, you are agreeing to these updated terms.” The terms, of course, include a forced arbitration agreement that prevents the user from suing or taking part in lawsuits against Roku. It’s common these days as a way of limiting liability, and users often have little or no recourse. They only find out later, when the company does something heinous and consequences are negligible. Tech companies love this one dirty trick to save millions! But what is actually new on perusal of the terms is a whole …

Kingsbridge wins planning consent to build one of the greenest warehouses in the UK

Kingsbridge wins planning consent to build one of the greenest warehouses in the UK

Commercial property developer Kingsbridge has been granted planning consent for a sustainable warehouse and logistics scheme near Southampton. Fareham Borough Council has approved Kingsbridge’s plans for three units totaling 106,688 sq ft, bringing the former Chartwell Court site, in Segensworth, back into employment use. The development will be known as Ferne Park, reflecting Fareham’s historic roots as a Saxon village known as Ferne Ham. Kingsbridge is targeting the highest possible ‘Outstanding’ BREEAM rating, a nationally-recognised standard which measures the environmental impact of commercial buildings. This will put Ferne Park in the top 3% of BREEAM-accredited industrial developments nationally. Chichester-based Kingsbridge, working with a joint venture partner, is also targeting net zero embodied carbon for the scheme, an A-rated Energy Performance Certificate (EPC), and a 25% Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) for the site – well over the 10% BNG required by the local authority. Each unit will be fitted with solar panel arrays on the roof to provide sustainable energy and will have access to its own secure yard with electric vehicle charging points. Chris Fry, …