With the rise of AI tools that can quickly create altered images and videos, it’s easier than ever to create fake images to spread political disinformation leading up to the upcoming US presidential election. Midjourney’s solution to this may be to ban political images altogether Bloomberg. Midjourney CEO David Holz told users during a Discord chat that the company is close to banning images like Biden and Trump within the next 12 months.
“I know it’s fun to take pictures of Trump — I take pictures of Trump,” he said. “Trump is really interesting aesthetically. But it’s probably better not to — it’s better to step aside a little during this election. We’ll see.” whom Bloomberg It should be noted that people have previously used the company’s artificial intelligence to create deep fakes about Trump’s arrest. Company completed the free trial period After those images, along with that infamous deep fake of the Pope wearing a Balenciaga-inspired coat, his AI image generator went viral.
Currently, the company already has rules that prohibit the creation of “sedating public figures” and “images of events” that have the “potential to be stalked.” Bloomberg Using an older version of Midjourney’s system, it was still able to create altered images of Trump covered in spaghetti, while the new version refused to create altered images of the former President. Of course, even if Midjourney bans images of high-profile politicians, it will only protect its platform from drawing the ire of critics and becoming the center of attention this election season. It will not prevent the use of artificial intelligence tools in political disinformation campaigns or the spread of false information aimed at manipulating elections in general.
Other tech companies have also taken steps to prevent political disinformation, or at least make it easier to identify. ChatGPT will start soon tagging images Meta was created using DALL-E 3 trying to develop technology that can detect and report whether an image, video or audio clip has been created using artificial intelligence.