Face-swapping is a new craze that's swept the nation this past year with it being widely introduced on social media platforms such as Snapchat. Seemingly an inert, fun little ability, it's actually something that's now raising ethical questions and security concerns for many.

While face-swapping might seem like a harmless thing, face-swap technology has most recently been used to create fake celebrity pornography on the internet. On the surface, this doesn't seem like much of a concern to the average American. However, aside from the ethical debate on this issue, the other pressing question is - Can someone steal an everyday face without the owner's consent by accessing something as simple as a Youtube or Instagram account?

The answer might surprise you.

The short answer is: not yet. However, as explained by Tom Scott in the video below, we are not far off from the ability to steal people's faces. There are already multiple videos circulating where someone has fairly successfully put actor Nicholas Cage's face onto the bodies of other actors in movie scenes. So while it's not entirely possible for someone to use your face without consent yet, the technology to do so is out there. In other words, it's only a matter of time.

For an in-depth explanation and discussion of ethics and identity theft via Face-Swap technology, watch the short video below to learn more:

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