Synthetic Tiananmen tank man dominates Google Search
Occurred: September 2023
The incident prompted commentators to point to the degradation of Google's search engine, and raised questions about the technology company's ability to detect and manage AI-generated political misinformation and disinformation.
The AI image was created using the Midjourney image generator by Reddit user Ouroboros696969 six months earlier as an art experiment, and had been posted to the service's sub-Reddit, which enables Midjourney users to post their AI-generated content.
The image was subsequently picked up, assessed, and published by Google's automated search engine crawlers and ranking systems.
Google later removed it from its Knowledge Graph.
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Published: September 2023
Last updated: November 2023