Incident 510: Viral Image of Pope Francis in a Puffer Jacket Revealed to Be AI-Generated

Description: A viral image of Pope Francis wearing a white puffer jacket was a deepfake produced by the photorealistic-image-generator Midjourney.


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Alleged: Midjourney developed an AI system deployed by Eliot Higgins, which harmed Pope Francis.

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That Viral Image of the Swagged Out Pope Is an AI Fake, Dummies · 2023

Did they fool you? Those mega-viral images of Pope Francis looking fresh to death in a pristine white puffer are AI-generated fakes.

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