How to tell if a profile picture is fake

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In the midst of the era of fake news and deep fakes , it is increasingly difficult to distinguish the truth from the false, the real from what is not. And sometimes this reaches the profiles of Internet platforms. Fortunately, the same technology that allows reality to be falsified also allows these deceptions to be discovered. And also from browsers that are based on the same technology as Chrome.

Some profiles on social networks show images that do not correspond to any real human being: they have been generated by artificial intelligence and are, in practice, indistinguishable from images that do correspond to real people. And this despite the fact that in some social networks, such as Facebook, the use of deep fakes is prohibited , but there is always a risk.

But now it’s easier than ever to avoid such scams thanks to an extension that is installed in browsers based on Chromium technology. This is Fake Profile Detector (which literally means «False Profile Detector») and it simplifies the task to the maximum: it is enough to click on an image with the pointer so that the extension itself detects if it is a real or falsified image in just a few seconds.

Fake Profile Detector offers its results showing the percentages it assigns to the probability that the image is authentic or not, although it has one limitation: it only works properly when the images come from an antagonistic generative network. These images are generated through a learning process between two neural networks that compete until the result is considered good by a discriminative network.

Once installed in Chrome (and other browsers developed on the basis of Chromium ) it will only be necessary to activate the notifications of the browser so that it shows the results of the images suspected of not being authentic.

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