Misinformation and AI generated Deepfakes, like Donald Trump being arrested, could have a huge impact on this upcoming election

An AI-generated image of Donald Trump being arrested. Creator Eliot Higgins explained it was easy to see through the deepfake as Mr Trump is shown with three legs and wearing a police belt. Picture: Eliot Higgins via Twitter

Revelations 13:14 “…by the signs that it is allowed to work in the presence of the beast it deceives those who dwell on earth…”

Important Takeaways:

  • Deepfakes showing arrest of Donald Trump go viral ahead of possible indictment
  • Deepfakes of former United States president Donald Trump being arrested and imprisoned have flooded Twitter as a New York Grand Jury decides whether to press charges over hush money payments made to a porn star in 2016.
  • Eliot Higgins, founder of open-source investigative outlet Bellingcat, created the images with an AI art generator and posted them in a thread which went viral on Wednesday.
  • The fake pictures, which show Mr Trump fighting off police and the reactions of his son and wife, have been viewed more than four million times.
  • Other images created by Mr Higgins show the former President fleeing from officers, breaking down in tears and donning an orange jumpsuit as he is put behind bars.
  • He captioned the thread: “Making pictures of Trump getting arrested while waiting for Trump’s arrest.”
  • As the deepfakes spread across social media some users suggested the images were real, fueling concerns about the use of AI in spreading potentially harmful misinformation.

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