May 23, 2023

Hany Farid Breaks Down Fake Pentagon Images in CNN Article

From CNN

‘Verified’ Twitter accounts share fake image of ‘explosion’ near Pentagon, causing confusion

By Donie O'Sullivan and Jon Passantino

A fake image purporting to show an explosion near the Pentagon was shared by multiple verified Twitter accounts on Monday, causing confusion and leading to a brief dip in the stock market. Local officials later confirmed no such incident had occurred.

The image, which bears all the hallmarks of being generated by artificial intelligence, was shared by numerous verified accounts with blue check marks, including one that falsely claimed it was associated with Bloomberg News...

“This image shows typical signs of being AI-synthesized: there are structural mistakes on the building and fence that you would not see if, for example, someone added smoke to an existing photo,” Hany Farid, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and digital forensic expert told CNN...

Read the article.

Hany Farid is a professor at the UC Berkeley School of Information and EECS. He specializes in digital forensics. 

headshot of Hany Farid
Hany Farid (Photo by Brittany Hosea-Small for the School of Information)

Last updated:

May 25, 2023