An anonymous reader cites a report from 404 Media: Civitai, an online marketplace for sharing AI models enabling the creation of non-consensual sexual images of real people, has introduced a new feature that allows users to post bounties“These bounties allow users to commission the Civitai community to create AI models that generate images of specific styles, compositions, or real people, and reward the best AI model that does so with virtual currency which users can purchase with real money. As is common on the site, most bounties released on Civitai since the feature’s launch aim to recreate the image of celebrities and social media influencers, almost exclusively women. But 404 Media has seen at least a premium for a private person who has no significant public presence online.
“I am very afraid of what this can become, for years I have been dealing with problems of misuse of my image and it has certainly never crossed my mind,” Michele Alves told 404 Media , an Instagram influencer who has a premium on Civitai. . “I don’t know what steps I could take because the internet seems like an out of control place. All I can think about is how this might affect me mentally because it’s beyond hurtful.” The news shows how text-to-image conversion AI tools are becoming easier to use, the ability to easily create AI models of specific people, and a platform that monetizes image production Non-consensual sexual activity allows you to generate non-consensual images of anyone, not at all. just celebrities.
The bounty of a real person that 404 Media saw on Civitai did not include a name and included a handful of images taken from his social media accounts. 404 Media was able to find this person’s online accounts and confirm that this person was not a celebrity or social media influencer, but just a regular person with personal social media accounts with few subscribers. The person who posted the bounty claimed that the woman he wanted an AI model from was his wife, even though her Facebook account indicated she was single. Other Civitai users didn’t accept this explanation either. Despite these users’ suspicions, someone completed the bounty and created an AI model of the woman that any Civiai user can now download. Several non-sexual AI-generated images of her were posted on the site.