> fake photos and videos
> The affidavit says Spone last year created the doctored images
> were also sent photos that appeared to depict
> victims were sent photos of themselves
And of course, most confusing:
> After analyzing the videos, detectives determined they were “deepfakes” — digitally altered but realistic looking images — created by mapping the girls’ social media photos onto other images.
Is the word "images" interchangeable with "videos"?
Another article clarifies:
> In the videos, the victim's bikini is digitally removed and overlaid with skin-toned bars creating what Weintraub described as Barbie doll-like effect.
I remember seeing something similar years ago on 4chan. People used to overlay bikini pictures with a sort of bubbly pattern, with the blurry space inbetween the bubbles seemingly incidentally only just covering any items of clothing. The technique produced some quite convincing fake nude pictures.
I was quite surprised how much it changed a photo to put the circles/bubbles only where flesh was showing.
That said, the minimal skill and the 30-60 minutes required probably has been a barrier to malicious photoshopping in the past and so a deepfake site might still serve to propagate nasty schemes like this.
That screams to me of bad photoshops. There's no reason to deepfake a bad photoshop.