With the development of artificial intelligence tools that can quickly create any images and videos, it’s easier than ever to create fake images to spread political disinformation ahead of the upcoming US presidential election. According to Bloomberg, Midjourney may be the company’s solution total ban on political images. Midjourney CEO David Holz reportedly told users during a Discord chat that the company is close to banning images like those of Biden and Trump within the next 12 months.
„I know it’s fun to make pictures of Trump — I make pictures of Trump, too,” he told users who attended the session. „Trump is really interesting aesthetically. However, it is probably better (…) to withdraw a little during these elections. We’ll see.” As Bloomberg notes, people have used the company’s artificial intelligence to create deepfakes before, in which Trump was arrested. The company ended a free trial of its AI image generator after the images — along with infamous deepfakes of the Pope wearing a Balenciaga-inspired coat — went viral.
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 informationwhich are supposed to rig the election.
Other tech companies have also taken steps to help prevent political misinformation or at least facilitate their identification. ChatGPT will soon start tagging images created with DALL-E 3, while Meta is working on developing technology that can detect and tag whether an image, video or audio clip was created using AI.