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Deepfakes Catcher: A Novel Fused Truncated DenseNet Model for Deepfakes Detection

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In recent years, we have witnessed a tremendous evolution in generative adversarial networks resulting in the creation of much realistic fake multimedia content termed deepfakes. The deepfakes are created by superimposing one person’s real facial features, expressions, or lip movements onto another one. Apart from the benefits of deepfakes, it has been largely misused to propagate disinformation about influential persons like celebrities, politicians, etc. Since the deepfakes are created using different generative algorithms and involve much realism, thus it is a challenging task to detect them. Existing deepfakes detection methods have shown lower performance on forged videos that are generated using different algorithms, as well as videos that are of low resolution, compressed, or computationally more complex. To counter these issues, we propose a novel fused truncated DenseNet121 model for deepfakes videos detection. We employ transfer learning to reduce the resources and improve effectiveness, truncation to reduce the parameters and model size, and feature fusion to strengthen the representation by capturing more distinct traits of the input video. Our fused truncated DenseNet model lowers the DenseNet121 parameters count from 8.5 to 0.5 million. This makes our model more effective and lightweight that can be deployed in portable devices for real-time deepfakes detection. Our proposed model can reliably detect various types of deepfakes as well as deepfakes of different generative methods. We evaluated our model on two diverse datasets: a large-scale FaceForensics (FF)++ dataset and the World Leaders (WL) dataset. Our model achieves a remarkable accuracy of 99.03% on the WL dataset and 87.76% on the FF++ which shows the effectiveness of our method for deepfakes detection.

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This work was supported by the grant of the Punjab Higher Education Commission of Pakistan with Award No. (PHEC/ARA/PIRCA/20527/21).

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Khalid, F., Javed, A., Irtaza, A., Malik, K.M. (2023). Deepfakes Catcher: A Novel Fused Truncated DenseNet Model for Deepfakes Detection. In: Anwar, S., Ullah, A., Rocha, Á., Sousa, M.J. (eds) Proceedings of International Conference on Information Technology and Applications. Lecture Notes in Networks and Systems, vol 614. Springer, Singapore.

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