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Fifty Bacchus Marsh Grammar girls targeted with AI fake nudes

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Fifty girls at a regional Victorian private school have had fake nude images of them created by AI and shared on social media.

The girls, in years nine to 12 at Bacchus Marsh Grammar in regional Victoria, had naked images made of them and put on Instagram, then shared by students on Snapchat, the school has confirmed.

The school has confirmed police are investigating the sharing of AI nudes.Credit: Justin McManus

Acting principal Kevin Richardson said the school had been informed by girls’ parents of the mass creation of fake nude images of their daughters, and the reports had been passed on to police.

Victoria Police confirmed on Tuesday that it is investigating reports of explicit images being circulated online and that officers had been told a number of these were sent to a person in the Melton area via an online platform on June 7.

Richardson said the school did not know yet if the images featuring the faces of a “large number of students” on AI-generated bodies had been created by students at the school, or if someone outside it had made them.

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“It may well be students,” he said, and students targeted were experiencing “a range of emotions”.

The school became aware on Monday that the images of the affected girls had been lifted from their social media accounts, and their fake nudes were being shared.

Cyber safety expert and former policewoman Susan McLean said the targeting of the girls was disgusting and could cause long-term harm.

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