Samantha Cole

Assistant editor

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deepfakes

Deepfake Porn Is Evolving to Give People Total Control Over Women's Bodies

People are creating a new kind of nonconsensual pornography by combining deepfakes with 3D avatars that can be manipulated to do whatever they want.
Samantha Cole
Emanuel Maiberg
12.9.19
Science

Researchers Try to Craft the Perfect Boob Using Eye-Tracking Technology

Researchers are using eye-tracking technology to see what people look at when they evaluate boobs in an attempt to create a "universal scale" for breast aesthetics and symmetry.
Samantha Cole
12.3.19
AI

This Company Promises to Place Any Face Onto Any Body, Using an Algorithm

Rosebud AI wants to add diversity to stock images – and is doing it by swapping anyone's face onto stock models' bodies.
Samantha Cole
11.22.19
investigatory journalism

Who Farted? An Investigation

In which Motherboard gets to the bottom of the Hardball with Chris Matthews beef.
Samantha Cole
11.20.19
Sex

'They Can't Stop Us:' People Are Having Sex With 3D Avatars of Their Exes and Celebrities

A community of 3D graphics hobbyists are making and selling avatars of real people in order to fulfill their sexual fantasies, and there's little anyone can do to stop them.
Samantha Cole
Emanuel Maiberg
11.20.19
pornhub

PayPal Pulls Out of Pornhub, Hurting 'Hundreds of Thousands' of Performers

Pornhub said it's "devastated" by PayPal's decision to stop payouts to models on its platform.
Samantha Cole
11.15.19
porn

NoFap Founder Is Suing a Neuroscientist Who Thinks Masturbating Is Fine

Alexander Rhodes, the owner of the NoFap trademark, filed a complaint against a neuroscientist who studies porn and sexuality, for libel and defamation.
Samantha Cole
11.14.19
deepfakes

Deepfake of Boris Johnson Wants to Warn You About Deepfakes

Bill Posters, who recently made viral Mark Zuckerberg and Kim Kardashian deepfakes, is back with more for the UK election.
Samantha Cole
11.13.19
girls do porn

Girls Do Porn Producer Allegedly Made Fake Porn of Lawyers Suing Him

A witness and the plaintiffs' attorneys claim that the founder of Girls Do Porn harassed and stalked the legal team representing the women suing the company for years.
Samantha Cole
11.5.19
Tech news

Twitter Is Banning Political Ads

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey announced that the social network will not accept political ads starting on November 22, and promised more details when the final rules are published in two weeks.
Jordan Pearson
Samantha Cole
10.31.19
porn

Australia Wants to See Your Face Before You Watch Porn, Which Is a Dumb Idea

As part of an effort to age-verify pornography in Australia, the Department of Home Affairs is offering the services of its facial recognition programme.
Samantha Cole
10.30.19
Reddit

Reddit Banned a Hugely Popular Community Devoted to Girls Do Porn

Following federal sex trafficking charges and during an ongoing civil trial against the porn production company, Reddit shut down a forum for reposting potentially non-consensual content.
Samantha Cole
10.21.19
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