Taylor Swift searches were blocked on X after sexually explicit deep fakes of her proliferated all over social media including Reddit and Facebook.

“Swifties” – the singer’s loyal fanbase – quickly mobilised to take the content down. But not everyone enjoys such fan-powered defence.

I asked Professor Lyria Bennett Moses, Director of the UNSW Allens Hub for Technology, Law and Innovation: if it can happen to Taylor Swift, what does it mean for the rest of us?

Image: Image: Shutterstock – Brian Friedman

Produced By: Olivia Bui

First aired on The Wire, Wednesday 31 January 2024