AI generator tool Midjourney temporarily paused service over deepfake abusive purposes
By The Headlines, March 31, 2023 | 07:42 AM
This is a fake photo of Donald Trump getting arrested generated with AI tool
Midjourney has temporarily suspended its image-generation software's free trials due to the production of convincing deepfakes, such as Donald Trump getting arrested and Pope Francis donning a puffer jacket.
Midjourney informed the customer that a trial could not be provided today and instructed them to try again on another day.
The recent attention gained by the San Francisco-based lab due to the viral imagery created using their AI platform, such as Mr Trump and the pontiff, has highlighted its capabilities.
Midjourney founder David Holz announced on the company's Discord channel that they are disabling free trials until further updates are implemented to combat potential trial abuse due to an influx of high demand.
The service produces highly realistic images in response to users' written prompts.
The software has been undergoing tests since mid-2022, with consistent updates from a certified laboratory.
Midjourney's newest version has been highly praised by users for its realistic image production.
In addition to halting new free trials, Midjourney prohibited certain words, such as "arrested," from being used to generate images.
Today, Midjourney denied a request by the Associated Press to generate an image of the former US president being arrested in front of Trump Tower in New York.
Midjourney has indicated that usage of the word 'arrested' is not allowed.
"Circumventing this filter to violate our rules may result in the revocation of your access."