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Atrioc Deepfake Pornography Controversy

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Atrioc's Deepfake Pornography Controversy refers to the backlash faced by Twitch streamer Atrioc when he accidentally revealed to his stream that he had a browser tab on his computer open featuring deepfake pornography of fellow streamers, including Pokimane, Maya Higa and QTCinderella. The controversy and his subsequent apology video were widely criticized and mocked online in late January 2023 as the drama sparked viral debates over AI technology being used to create such explicit content.


On January 30th, 2023, Twitch streamer Atrioc went to change tabs on his laptop while sharing his screen during a livestream, accidentally revealing a tab on his browser window that contained deepfake pornography of other Twitch streamers, notably Pokimane, Maya Haga and QTCinderella, some of whom were known to be his friends.[1] The clip was first posted to /r/LivestreamFail[2] early Monday morning before the post was subsequently removed by moderators (YouTube reupload shown below).


Over the course of the morning on January 30th, 2023, it was revealed that the site Atrioc was viewing was called BAVFAKES,[3] a site that sells deepfake pornography. This purportedly showed that Atrioc had to pay to view the content on his screen. A screenshot of BAVFAKES confirming the page Atrioc was viewing in a Discord thread circulated online as well.

Streamer Atrioc slipped up and showed that he was watching Deep Fake NSFW videos of other streamers. Allegedly one was Pokimane F 10 Low Kavos @KavosYT 085 28.03 (64-bit windows)-Profile Unt Calculator BAVFAKES | Fan-Topia-Google Chrome 39,646.68 A caritheman9: PL TIME ON THE FINA cobz_: You shoul and XQC a bunch.c are pretty good con iAmJacksHigh: The dream FAKES | Fan-Topia - Google Chrome

Atrioc Apology Video

Later that day on January 30th, 2023, a teary-eyed Atrioc then apologized on stream for the incident. Behind him was his wife, also seen crying. In the viral clip, he stated he went down an internet rabbit hole and discovered the site selling deepfake pornography. He claims it was not a pattern of behavior and could prove he purchased access to the site that day out of curiosity. β€œThere is no excuse for it. I’m not defending it in any way, I think this whole category of stuff is wrong,” he said.[1]

On February 1st, Atrioc released a second apology in the form of a Twitlonger, in which he declared he would step back from making content and working with OFFBRAND and instead focus on helping women affected by such deepfake porn sites and working to take them down.[13] The apology was met with considerably more goodwill than his attempted apology on stream, though many expressed they still had no interest in forgiving Atrioc.

Return to Streaming

On March 14th, Atrioc streamed for the first time since the incident, providing an update on how he was helping those affected by Deepfake pornography. He said that in the week following the incident, he had given β€œ$60,000” to the law firm Morrison Rothman, which is aiding streamers including QTCinderella to remove NSFW deepfake content from the internet. He also says he's been working with researchers in streaming and deepfake technology to assist in any way he can. He also claimed that the women directly impacted by the incident, including Amouranth, QTCinderella, Maya Higa and Pokimane, are aiding his cause, and Maya Higa has personally accepted his apology.

Online Reactions

As word of the clip and controversy spread on January 30th, 2023, streamers QTCinderella and Sweet Anita expressed their outrage at being tied up in the incident. QTCinderella tweeted "Being seen 'naked' against your will should NOT BE A PART OF THIS JOB" and later threatened to sue the creator of the website.[4][5] QTCinderella also discussed the incident on her stream that day.[10] Sweet Anita noted that the story was how she found out she was on the website and said, "Don't know whether to cry, break stuff or laugh at this point" (shown below, right).

QTCinderella @qtcinderella I want to scream. Stop. Everybody f------ stop. Stop spreading it. Stop advertising it. Stop. Being seen "naked" against your will should NOT BE A PART OF THIS JOB. Thank you to all the male internet "journalists" reporting on this issue. F------ losers @HUN2R 2:29 PM Jan 30, 2023 3.3M Views

Some also debated the extent of Atrioc's wrongdoing. A sizable chunk of commenters suggested Atrioc was merely caught watching porn, implying it wasn't nearly as big a deal as some made it out to be (compilation of such arguments posted by @kblaus[6] shown below, left). Others argued it was a violation of the affected streamers' privacy and consent and was particularly bad because Atrioc was friends and colleagues with some of the affected women (tweet by @eruhamster[7] shown below, right).

Kelly @kblaus In a turn of events that is surprising to literally no one, Twitch fans have no grasp of consent re: Atrioc apology after being exposed for paying to watch a deepfake video involving other streamers boyy: Chocpong @JJDM24-22h Replying to @JakeSucky wait are we hating on the guy because he watches p---?! like i get that he's watching deepfakes of people he's around but like.....wouldn't you do the same thing of classmates or teachers, or co workers? i don't understand why he's getting heat, maybe cause he got caught. idk 60 128 β™‘ 46 41.7K fec 9:38 AM Jan 31, 2023 36.5K Views 00 Replying to @JakeSucky im confused why is he crying? why is the girl behind him crying? getting caught watching p--- as an adult and crying about it is crazyyyyyyyyy 16 Idk 22 14 519 kora @Turmeric Bae 3h Replying to @JakeSucky this is just more comical than anything. poor who? @JohnHDoe9-22h Replying to @JakeSucky I'm torn. What's the difference between deep fakes and fantasizing? I think a vast majority of the population has fantasized about co-workers at some point. Just awkward it got exposed. 12 31.2K 95 ... 22.6K ↑ β™‘β—‡Jackie @eruhamster imagine being friends w a guy n then its revealed on his stream that hes paid for deepfake p--- of you n then he sobs his eyes out on an apology stream beside his wife. i feel for every female streamer that was friends with atrioc 2:20 PM. Jan 30, 2023 717.1K Views

Others poked fun at Atrioc's apology on January 30th. Several commenters pointed out how surreal it was that Atrioc seemed to defend himself by telling his chat "We call booba spam cringe!" (tweet by @TheWeightOfUwU[8] shown below, left). User @imsoniceandkind[9] joked about how the bizarre the clip seemed with the Twitch chat spamming emojis as the apology happened (shown below, right).

dj gun p---- @TheWeightOfUwU "i call booba spam cringe" is the funniest possible way to establish one's woman respecter credentials Dexerto @Dexerto Jan 30 Twitch streamer Atrioc issued an apology after accidentally revealing that he watched deepfake videos of streamers Pokimane and Maya Show this thread 0:54 14.1M views Do really friendly: Kallaxus: S 1coolagsassin: 1414141414 totalwipeout8: UNIONEAGLE7: 22222 nem 120 daweisu: gend27: Osman1338: swaggeryolo boy: tendiesPls: ZADO Anonymousz___: The HolyPangolin: ozzycop: Ct P : toryhaterr: CREE enzonesz: thegooseman695: @nathaniscoolman: literally my moms flamingo @imsoniceandkind "im sorry for zerking off to deepfake pokimane" my wife sobbing in the background over our broken marriage: my twitch chat: monkaS monkaS monkaS COCKA COCKA COCKA pepega pepega pepega Dexerto @Dexerto Jan 30 Twitch streamer Atrioc issued an apology after accidentally revealing that he watched deepfake videos of streamers Pokimane and Maya Show this thread 0:40 14.2M views toryhaterr: **** &enzonesz: thegooseman695: nathaniscoolman: oazis_c: churchofsage: corlordan 14: stekie: 4-towerslowkey: Aspiredelm: 66 Xen Dignal: ASEANMICHAEL: amaster 8: tuqui: A Chomperz: Assdude101: A shrublet: tullpflores: IA theefrostiest: Acarson67:β™₯ :

Several YouTubers, streamers and other content creators also began posting reactions and videos covering the controversy as it spread. For example, on January 30th, 2023, Cr1tikal reacted to the incident during a livestream, which was then reuploaded and clipped on YouTube (seen below).

h3h3 Ethan Klein Laughing At QTCinderella

During the January 30th, 2023, episode of the H3 Podcast, the hosts discussed the controversy, as well as QTCinderella's reaction to the incident in which she cried during her stream. In particular, the moment in which Ethan Klein and others appear to laugh at her reaction while AnucAtittawan's karaoke video is heard playing in the background became a source of backlash online (shown below, left). Later that day, xQc reacted to the controversial moment during his own stream, criticizing Klein (shown below, right).

Klein's reaction also garnered negative reactions on social media over the following days as people criticized the viral moment.[11][12]

Six Month Update

On July 17th, 2023, Atrioc uploaded a six month update to his YouTube channel[14] in which he showed that over 200,000 different pieces of material were removed as a result of his efforts, and that several creators and VTubers have taken extra steps to being safe using the methods that he used. The video went more in-depth into the start to finish of his fight against these websites, and announced a formal return to video content posting on his main channel (shown below).

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External References

[1] Dexerto – Twitch streamer Atrioc gives tearful apology after paying for deepfakes of female streamers

[2] Reddit – Removed /r/Livestreamfail post

[3] Twitter – KavosYT

[4] Twitter – QTCinderella

[5] Dexerto – QTCinderella promises to sue founder of deepfake website

[6] Twitter – @kblaus

[7] Twitter – eruhamster

[8] Twitter – TheWeightOfUwU

[9] Twitter – @imsoniceandkind

[10] Twitch – QTCinderella

[11] Twitter – amdasteeler

[12] Twitter – mollymaecosplay

[13] Twitlonger – Apology.

[14] YouTube – Atrioc

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Deepfakes and nude edits of real people are creepy enough as it is, but making fake porn of the people you know? Really, my man? You're telling me that you aren't satisfied with the millions of photos and videos that already exist and feature willing participants? If you want to involve your friends in your sexual fantasies, at least keep it in your head.


in reply to lecorbak

It's incredible to me the leaps of logic people are trying to make to justify this.

The man literally paid money to see deepfake porn of people, made without their consent. The whole selling point of deepfakes are that they are REALISTIC fakes, that make it appear as if someone is doing something they DID NOT do. The "everyone watches porn" argument doesn't work at all. He could've chosen to watch normal porn. Instead, he actively sought this out and paid for it.

Even worse, these women are supposed to be his friends. It's fucked up, full stop.


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