Deepfake Donald Trump arrest photos
Occurred: March 2023
Images of Donald Trump appearing to be tackled to the ground and arrested by New York police officers went viral online, fooling some people into thinking they were real. Trump was shortly to appear before a court over his alleged hush money payments to porn star Stormy Daniels.
Created by Eliot Higgins, founder of investigative website Belingcat, using AI image generator Midjourney, the images included shots of Trump's wife Melania screaming, his daughter Ivanka yelling, son Donald Trump Jr protesting, and the former US president in orange prison fatigues.
Operator: Eliot Higgins
Technology: Deepfake - video; Generative adversarial network (GAN); Neural network; Deep learning; Machine learning
Issue: Mis/disinformation; Ethics
Transparency: Governance; Black box