Incident 499: Parody AI Images of Donald Trump Being Arrested Reposted as Misinformation

Description: AI-generated photorealistic images depicting Donald Trump being detained by the police which were originally posted on Twitter as parody were unintentionally shared across social media platforms as factual news, lacking the intended context.


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Alleged: Midjourney developed an AI system deployed by Eliot Higgins, which harmed Twitter Users and social media users.

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People Are Already Making Deepfake Videos of Trump’s Arrest · 2023

Newswatchers don’t have to wait for real images of Donald Trump in handcuffs—deepfakes are already flooding social media thanks to artificial intelligence technology that lets any hoaxer pose as a breaking news photographer.

Trump announced…

AI-generated images of Trump being arrested circulate on social media · 2023

CLAIM: Photos show former President Donald Trump being arrested by New York City law enforcement.

AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. The images are fabricated and Trump has not been arrested. The person who created many of the images circulating on so…

How You Can Tell the AI Images of Trump’s Arrest Are Deepfakes · 2023

The viral, AI-generated images of Donald Trump’s arrest you may be seeing on social media are definitely fake. But some of these photorealistic creations are pretty convincing. Others look more like stills from a video game or a lucid dream…

The massive problem with the viral fake Trump arrest photos · 2023

Amid a possible indictment of former President Donald Trump, several fake photos of the former president being arrested have circulated on social media.

On Tuesday, Eliot Higgins, founder and creative director of Bellingcat, an investigate …

Eerie deepfakes claiming to show Trump’s arrest spread across Twitter · 2023

Twitter was flooded Wednesday with AI-generated deepfake photos of former President Donald Trump resisting arrest and trying to run from police ahead of his potential New York indictment this week.

The fabricated images — which had been vie…

Fake Photos Of Trump Being Arrested And Jailed Go Viral In Anticipation Of Criminal Indictment · 2023

These internet streets are apparently very hungry to see Donald Trump arrested and jailed over his expected criminal indictment stemming from hush money allegedly paid to a porn star as he ran for president back in 2016.

Now, content creato…

Trump arrested? Putin jailed? Fake AI images spread online · 2023

NEW YORK (AP) — Former President Donald Trump getting gang-tackled by riot-gear-clad New York City police officers. Russian President Vladimir Putin in prison grays behind the bars of a dimly lit concrete cell.

The highly detailed, sensatio…

Chilling AI deepfakes purporting to show Trump arrest take over Twitter · 2023

AI-generated deepfakes showing Donald Trump making a run from authorities and being arrested have flooded Twitter ahead of the former president’s possible indictment this week.

Mr Trump could be indicted by a Manhattan grand jury as soon as…

Deepfakes of Donald Trump’s ‘arrest’ spread across social media · 2023

Twitter has been flooded with images depicting the arrest of Donald Trump, mugshots taken by the New York police and the anguish of his wife, Melania — all of which have yet to happen.

Generated by artificial intelligence, the fabricated, o…

Fake images of Trump arrest show ‘giant step’ for AI’s disruptive power · 2023

Eliot Higgins, the founder of the open-source investigative outlet Bellingcat, was reading this week about the expected indictment of Donald Trump when he decided he wanted to visualize it.

He turned to an AI art generator, giving the techn…

Fake Trump arrest photos: How to spot an AI-generated image · 2023

Fake images created by artificial intelligence (AI) tools depicting Donald Trump have appeared on social media over the past week.

Many falsely showed the arrest of the former president, who may face indictment over payment of hush money to…


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