A fake photo of an explosion at the Pentagon has gone viral on social media platforms, highlighting the power of artificial intelligence.
On Monday, an AI-generated image that showed smoke billowing from the iconic building sent shock waves across social media platforms, even prompting a momentary sell-off in the US stock market.
The fake news also had an impact on the cryptocurrency market as Bitcoin experienced a brief "flash crash," slipping to around $26,500 before recovering to its current price of over $27,300, according to CoinGecko.The image was initially posted by the now-suspended verified Twitter account “Bloomberg Feed,” which claimed that there was a “large explosion” near the Pentagon.A number of major media outlets, including the Russian-state-controlled media outlet Russia Today, as well as some influencers, picked up the news, further contributing to the distribution of the fake news.
However, others were quick to spot inconsistencies in the image and the fact that there were no other images or reports from other witnesses. "Confident that this picture claiming to show an "explosion near the pentagon" is AI generated," digital investigator Nick Waters said. "Check out the frontage of the building, and the way the fence melds into the crowd barriers.Read more on cryptonews.com