False AI-generated images of an explosion at the Pentagon went viral on social media, causing a momentary sell-off in the U.S. stock market and highlighting concerns about the need for regulation and ethical guidelines for AI.
This Monday marked a new high—or arguably low—in demonstrating the power of artificial intelligence (AI). A picture depicting a fabricated explosion at the Pentagon, quickly flagged as being Artificial Intelligence (AI) generated, spread like wildfire across social media. It likewise seems to have spurred a momentary sell-off in the United States stock market.
The alarming image, portraying smoke billowing from the iconic building, was disseminated by numerous accounts, including a Russian state-owned media channel.
RT, with over 3 Million followers, has posted (since deleted) what looks to be an Artificial Intelligence (AI) generated photo of an explosion near the Pentagon pic.twitter.com/6Bl7X8ZA2M
Interestingly, reports of the false Pentagon explosion likewise made its way onto non-official Twitter accounts with blue verification checkmarks, further amplifying the confusion and the impact of the falsehood—highlighting both the importance of rigorous source verification likewise as the unsurprising result of Elon Musk’s new criteria for account verification.
This morning blue check accounts accounts claimed large explosions at the Pentagon.
… then the White House.
Russian state media amplified the faked Pentagon image from their gold check account.
As the photo went viral, United States stock indexes took a minor hit, although markets quickly recovered after the photo was exposed as a hoax. Bitcoin, the leading digital currency, likewise experienced a brief “flash crash” following the spread of the fake news, slipping to $26500. Still, Bitcoin (BTC) is slowly but undoubtedly recovering and it is as of now being traded at $26,882, reports by CoinGecko.