Civitai founder champions open source, downplays AI deepfake

– Founded by Justin Maier, Civitai supports open-source AI.

– Grown rapidly with $5 million funding from A16z.

– Accused of hosting an "AI porn marketplace" by 404 Media.

– Maier argues mischaracterization; claims focus on good use.

– Civitai primarily attracts LoRA model enthusiasts for AI art.

– Reports of NSFW content exaggerated; less than 20% now.

– New safety center, policies, and content moderation efforts.

– Civitai addresses concerns about deepfakes and bounties.

– Open-source nature limits control over model use once downloaded.

– Maier emphasizes commitment to safety amid AI's rapid development.