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8 Nov 2023

Kylie Kirschner, Business Insider

AI-generated Adobe stock images depicting the Israel and Palestine conflict elicit misinformation concerns

"Adobe is selling AI-generated images of the Israel-Hamas war, and some websites are using them without marking that they're fake", 8 November 2023

Adobe is selling AI-generated images depicting the Israel-Hamas war. While some are pretty obviously computer generated, others are more realistic, including one image that has been shared online by some smaller websites and in social media posts — drawing concerns the AI-generated content could contribute to misinformation, Australian outlet Crikey and Vice's Motherboard reported...

...Adobe Stock, which sells images submitted by individual artists, requires that all AI-generated images on the platform be labeled as such. But some of the images for sale are marked as AI-generated only in the fine print, not in their titles.

"Large explosion illuminating the skyline in Palestine," the title of one AI-generated image reads. "Buildings destroyed by war in the Gaza Strip in Israel," reads another. An image showing a woman in distress is titled "Wounded Israeli woman clings to military man, begging for help."...

..."These specific images were labeled as generative AI when they were both submitted and made available for license in line with these requirements," an Adobe spokesperson said in a statement to Insider. "We believe it's important for customers to know what Adobe Stock images were created using generative AI tools."

"Adobe is committed to fighting misinformation, and via the Content Authenticity Initiative, we are working with publishers, camera manufacturers and other stakeholders to advance the adoption of Content Credentials, including in our own products," the statement continued...

...Misinformation and disinformation about the Israel-Hamas war is already rampant online. Misleading content, old videos and photos from other conflicts in other parts of the world, and even video game footage has been presented as real photos from the still-unfolding conflict...