Former US President Donald Trump is still at large at the time of writing. But certain AI-generated photos on Twitter tell a different story. These deepfakes depict a world where one of America’s most powerful white men can be treated like any other citizen, meaning he can actually be held accountable for his actions. Except they’re not real. Some people thought they were, and that’s alarming for anyone concerned with media literacy.
This weekend Trump said his supporters that he expected to be arrested on Tuesday for allegedly paying hush money to former porn star Stormy Daniels. To put it bluntly, the case against him exists. The Manhattan Attorney’s Office has previously asked Trump testify before a grand jury. Both legal minds And journalists are still speculating as to whether or not he will be charged at all. So this whole saga is far from settled. That hasn’t stopped Eliot Higgins, a citizen journalist with mid-journey to take these AI generated pictures of Trump addressed And hunted at the police station.
While the original tweet has over three million views, these images have been shared on Twitter. Tick tockAnd Facebook, often without context or take them at face value. So Twitter didn’t flag these images as fake some people have problem with identification as machine generated (One tweet who pointed out this problem received over a thousand likes). Facebook is similarly chaotic. Some users have chosen to use the The AI origins of photosand some not. Many tiktoks are not reject that the images are AI-generated.
That’s a huge problem when it’s far-right scammers like Ian Miles Cheong use them to move Trump supporters to action. New York City already is Preparation for the former President’s supporters to riot in the streets about a possible arrest. These fake images of their “endangered” leader only add more tinder to the fire. kotaku reached out to Higgins for comment, but received none at the time of publication.
See, it doesn’t matter if you’re smart enough to tell if these pictures are real or not. Outside of our social media bubbles, much of the country is vulnerable to misinformation and fake news. These images have already found their way to Facebook, a platform with millions of vulnerable users. As long as Americans want a Trump arrest to be real, such images will continue to go viral.
https://kotaku.com/did-donald-trump-arrested-today-yet-news-ai-midjourney-1850249881 Trump wasn’t arrested, but AI images are fooling people