A surge in fake AI-generated photos is eroding public trust in information online, charity warns

December 15, 2023

A rise in fake news photos generated by AI is eroding public trust in online information, a charity has warned. Researchers at the fact checking charity said the intention was likely not to convince people the images were real but to 'reduce trust in information generally'. The Full Fact report warned there was a 'serious risk that public trust in information on the internet is falling as the number of misleading AI images being shared online rises'. But the photos are not genuine and were created using AI tools – and were published before the Coronation took place. Among the other AI photos widely circulated were a fake mugshot of former president Donald Trump following his surrender in the US state of Georgia on charges of plotting to overturn the state's election results.