President Donald Trump has issued a warning about the “very dangerous” impact of artificial intelligence-generated propaganda after fake AI images of him went viral on social media recently.
Trump’s name was mentioned in recently unsealed documents from a 2017 lawsuit by an alleged victim of late convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
Unlike other powerful elites such as Bill Clinton and Prince Andrew, Trump’s name was only mentioned when witnesses asserted that he was never involved in any wrongdoing.
Nevertheless, that mention was quickly followed by a viral social media post with photos that purported to show Trump surrounded by young girls on Epstein’s private jet.
As Slay News reported, the images were spread on social media by leftist celebrities, including Hollywood actor Mark Ruffalo.
However, it was swiftly determined that the photos were fake and created by artificial intelligence.
Of course, Ruffalo and his allies made no mention of the real allegations made against Clinton, despite describing the fake images of Trump as “gross.”
The viral smear campaign prompted a furious response from Trump and a warning about the dangers of AI, according to the Washington Examiner.
On January 3, an anti-Trump leftist user on X posted a pair of pictures that seemed to show former President Trump surrounded by young girls on a plane and was captioned with a claim that the photos were snapped on two separate trips Trump supposedly took to Epstein’s private island in the Caribbean.
The photos were immediately debunked as being false and AI-generated by a “community note,” and other users in the comment section posted screenshots of the alleged victim’s deposition in which she clarified that she’d only heard Epstein brag about being friends with Trump and had never seen, much less slept with, Trump on Epstein’s private jet or any of his several properties.
Yet, the next day, anti-Trump actor Ruffalo, who plays the “Hulk” in Marvel movies, shared with his followers the original post with its two fake pictures and wrote:
“Gross. #MAGA wants to paint everyone on those flights as pedophiles except the one guy who smiles in a group of young girls all headed to Epstein’s ‘Fantasy Island’ with him.
“My bet is there are some decent republicans left in America that may think this is going too far.”
However, Ruffalo’s January 4 post was also hit with a community note explaining how the photos were AI-generated fakes as well as reminders in the comments and screenshots of the clarifying testimony from the alleged victim.
Gross. #MAGA wants to paint everyone on those flights as pedophiles except the one guy who smiles in a group of young girls all headed to Epstein’s “Fantasy Island” with him. My bet is there are some decent republicans left in America that may think this is going too far. https://t.co/e0IWT1lnCZ
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) January 5, 2024
Ruffalo never deleted the X post that included the fake AI-generated photos of President Trump with young girls on a plane.
Instead, he reshared it along with an apology a couple of days later.
Although that supposed apology sought to shift blame to X owner Elon Musk for permitting the “disinformation” that the actor himself had shared.
“Sorry Folks. Apparently these images are AI fakes,” Ruffalo said.
“The fact Trump was on Epstein’s plane and what Epstein was up to is not. Be careful.
“Elon’s X and his allowing so much disinformation here is driving the value of his app down by 55%.”
President Trump responded with a post on his Truth Social account and shared screenshots of a Daily Mail article about Ruffalo’s purported apology for sharing the false AI-generated images.
He lashed out against the use of AI-generated propaganda to attack him by Democrats like Ruffalo.
“This is what the Democrats do to their Republican Opponent, who is leading them, by a lot, in the Polls,” Trump wrote.
“This is A.I., and it is very dangerous for our Country!”
He added, “Also, I was never on Epstein’s Plane, or at his ‘stupid’ Island.
“Strong Laws ought to be developed against A.I. It will be a big and very dangerous problem in the future!”
On Tuesday, ABC News reported on how the unsupported claims of a connection between Trump and Epstein had been “discredited.”
During interviews revealed in the unsealed Epstein documents release, victims asserted that they had never seen or heard of Trump’s involvement in any wrongdoing.
A lawyer for Epstein’s victims also noted that Trump was the only person who tried to help them.