On March 19, 2023, YouTube gaming sensation Rachell “Valkyrae” took to Twitter to claim that deepfakes were created by community members for supporting them.
The streamer urged people to report the social media accounts of those who shared the materials, adding that minors need to be protected in such situations.
Valkyrae’s last tweet read:
“I feel so sorry for my community members who have been deepfaked just for supporting me. There was no way you should have experienced that. Please protect each other, especially the minors! Report these accounts, just knowing that it says more about them, not you. stay safe.”
“Just Report It” – Valkyrae addresses the deepfake situation her community members are involved in
Valkyrae addressed the deepfake situation in a live stream today. She recalled that some of her Twitter followers were being harassed by random people who were deepfaking them. Mentioning the reporting of these social media accounts, the content creator stated:
“I saw some accounts on Twitter where some of my fans were being harassed by random people and were deepfaking my fans. I just want you to know that I reported all of this. I was glad to see that those accounts were getting ripped off.”
Valkryae urged her viewers to take action and urged them to report accounts that have been attacking or harassing someone:
“But if you see anyone in the community being attacked or harassed by anyone, just speak up. You don’t have to say anything. Just sign up. Just sign up. Yes, I reported it too. I’m so sorry for everyone who went through this.”
The 100 Thieves co-owner claimed the situation was a “due to the internet presence.” She added:
“It’s a consequence of being on the internet. It’s just you’ll have little flies everywhere. Do you know? So just be careful. It also sucks because it’s like minors, well. It’s like, so gross! It’s terrible! But… you’re beyond that! OK?”
She continued by saying:
“There are some really fucking weird people out there. just stay over it It says nothing about you. All it says is, all about her. OK?”
Valkyrae ended her address by telling the online community to protect each other:
“Please protect each other and I will do my best to help you too if you need it. I was really glad to see it from your guys accounts. Like, reporting and such. So, when I saw it, I was like, ‘Oh my God! Yes!” Take care, everyone. Be careful.”
Twitter responds to Valkyrae’s address
Valkyrae’s tweet about the deepfake situation went viral, receiving over 16,000 likes and 200 replies. Some of the most relevant reactions went in this direction:
This isn’t the first time a streamer has had to deal with a deepfake controversy. Twitch streamer Brandon “Atrioc” made headlines on January 31, 2023 after a clip went viral revealing he allegedly paid for morphed images of prominent female streamers.
The next day, Atrioc apologized and announced that he was stepping down as a content creator as well as a co-founder of OFFBRAND.
Just a few days ago (March 15, 2023), Atrioc went live on his channel for the first time since the controversy. He announced that he has worked with a company and has successfully taken down several streamer deepfake websites.