These are imitated, real-time images of existing individuals — usually public figures — using computer graphics and artificial intelligence to make it appear real within a video. However, there are telltale signs of a deepfake that can make debunking videos a lot quicker and save yourself some unneeded anxiety while scrolling TikTok or Instagram.


Thanks to this security expert for Norton Antivirus, we now know of six ways to spot a deepfake online. The ones that we’ve found the easiest to spot across the board are the cheek smudges — especially at the deepfake face’s edges — and odd hairlines. Both are dead giveaways. Here’s what the viewers are saying in response to the tips. “My eyes are heterochromatic … am I even real?” one viewer jokingly commented. “That’s just for now,” another commenter warned. “Pretty soon it will be super realistic, which is kinda scary.” And finally, we have this gem: “What am I supposed to be looking for again? I was distracted by the curtains.” This is why deepfakes will be so successful in the future — just saying.