The pro-bitcoin presidential candidate (BTC) Ron DeSantis has been criticized for using artificial intelligence-generated images in an ad campaign to smear his rival and former President Donald Trump..
This comes amid a rise in AI-generated deepfakes being used in ads. and political movements in recent months.
On June 5, the DeSantis campaign tweeted a video purporting to show Trump’s support for Anthony Fauci.Trump’s top medical adviser when he was president of the United States.
Fauci is a controversial figure in GOP circles for, among other reasons, his handling of the federal response to the COVID-19 pandemic.which many considered heavy-handed.
Donald Trump became a household name by FIRING countless people *on television*
But when it came to Fauci… pic.twitter.com/7Lxwf75NQm
— DeSantis War Room (@DeSantisWarRoom) June 5, 2023
Donald Trump became famous for FIRING countless people *on TV*. But when it came to Fauci… pic.twitter.com/7Lxwf75NQm
The video shows a collage of real footage featuring Trump and Fauci mixed with what appears to be AI-generated footage. of both hugging; in some, Trump appears to kiss Fauci.
The function Community Notes from Twitter – the platform’s community disinformation project – added a warning to the tweet, saying it contained “AI-generated images.”.
AFP Fact Check, a department of the Agence France-Presse news agency, said that the images had “the hallmarks of AI-generated images”.
DeSantis and Trump are facing off to win the Republican nomination for president. DeSantis launched his candidacy last month on a Twitter space, vowing to “protect” bitcoin.. The surveys Current positions put him behind Trump.
AI in the political sphere
Other politicians have used AI-generated means to attack their rivalsand the Trump campaign is even guilty of using AI to smear DeSantis.
Shortly after DeSantis announced his presidential candidacy, Trump public A video mocking DeSantis’ Twitter announcementusing deepfake-generated audio to create a fake Twitter space depicting DeSantis, Elon Musk, George Soros, Adolf Hitler, Satan and Trump.
In April, the Republican Party launched a advertisement with his predictions of what a second term for President Joe Biden would look likewhich was packed with AI-generated images depicting a dystopian future.
In May, the opposition New Zealand National Party used generated images to attack the ruling Labor Party in various social posts..
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