Adobe sells AI-generated Israel-Hamas war images

Occurred: October 2023

Online publications used AI-generated images of the Israel-Hamas war stored on Adobe platforms without any indication they are fake.

Adobe allows people to upload and sell AI images as part of its stock image subscription service, Adobe Stock. And it requires submitters to disclose whether an image is generated with AI and mark the image on Stock as 'generated with AI'. 

However, in practice, some users of Adobe Stock are not being transparent about the provenance of their images, resulting in mis- and disinformation being amplified by easily confused end users, say commentators.

Adobe rode back the allegation, saying 'Adobe Stock is a marketplace that requires all generative AI content to be labeled as such when submitted for licensing. These specific images were labeled as generative AI when they were both submitted and made available for license in line with these requirements.'

The finding raises questions about the governance of Adobe's platforms. It also highlights the importance that end users recognise the use of generative AI on professional photographic marketplaces and elsewhere.

Operator: Adobe
Developer: Adobe
Country: Israel; Palestine
Sector: Business/professional services; Politics
Purpose: Generate image
Technology: Text-to-image; Generative adversarial network (GAN); Neural network; Deep learning; Machine learning
Issue: Mis/disinformation
Transparency: Marketing