Scarlett Johansson speaks out about fake sex videos using her face: 'The internet is a vast wormhole of darkness'

As fake sex videos becomes more and more prevalent, Scarlett Johansson worries “it’s just a matter of time” before anyone’s face can easily be superimposed onto someone else’s body to make it look like they made a sex tape, she told the Washington Post.

Known as “deepfakes,” these videos primarily target women — and Johansson’s face has already been used in multiple manipulated videos posted online.

“Nothing can stop someone from cutting and pasting my image or anyone else’s onto a different body and making it look as eerily realistic as desired,” the actress told the Post. “The fact is that trying to protect yourself from the Internet and its depravity is basically a lost cause… The internet is a vast wormhole of darkness that eats itself.”

Because “deepfake” creators largely rely on photos posted to social media — and because the law hasn’t had time to adequately catch up with the new phenomenon — it’s difficult for women to take legal action, as the Post reports. And for celebrities like Johansson whose face is plastered all over the internet, no one can control how those images are used by others.

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Similar techniques were used earlier this year to doctor a video of Parkland survivor Emma González to make it look like she was ripping up the United States Constitution.

But women who aren’t in the public eye have also discovered that their face was superimposed in videos that more often than not were pοrnographic. An unnamed woman described her experience to the Post, explaining that she felt “violated” by fake videos of her and felt helpless knowing she couldn’t take them down.

While online trackers attempt to make it easier to distinguish a fake video from a real one, Johansson told the Post she believes it may be too late for women to fully protect themselves from the “virtually lawless [online] abyss.”

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 22: Colin Jost and Scarlett Johansson attends the World Premiere of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures 'Avengers: Endgame' at Los Angeles Convention Center on April 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 22: Colin Jost and Scarlett Johansson attend the World Premiere Of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures 'Avengers: Endgame' at Los Angeles Convention Center on April 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Scarlett Johansson and Colin Jost attend the 70th Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Dan MacMedan/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Scarlett Johansson and Colin Jost attend the 70th Emmy Awards - Arrivals at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Actor Scarlett Johansson and comedian Colin Jost attend the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for New York Magazine)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Actor Scarlett Johansson and comedian Colin Jost attend the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Scarlett Johansson and Colin Jost attend the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Huffington Post)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Colin Jost and Scarlett Johansson attends the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Colin Jost and Scarlett Johansson attend the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 23: Actors Scarlett Johansson and Colin Jost attend the premiere of Disney and Marvel's 'Avengers: Infinity War' on April 23, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 23: Scarlett Johansson, Colin Jost arrives at the Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's 'Avengers: Infinity War' on April 23, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 23: Scarlett Johansson, Colin Jost arrives at the Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's 'Avengers: Infinity War' on April 23, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 23: Scarlett Johansson, Colin Jost arrives at the Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's 'Avengers: Infinity War' on April 23, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 30: Colin Jost and Scarlett Johansson attends The 2017 Museum Gala at American Museum of Natural History on November 30, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 30: Colin Jost and Scarlett Johansson attends The 2017 Museum Gala at American Museum of Natural History on November 30, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 15: Scarlett Johansson and Colin Jost attend American Museum Of Natural History's 2018 Museum Gala at American Museum of Natural History on November 15, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
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