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Trump’s fake AI mugshot goes viral weeks after sheriff reassures photos will be ‘ready’

An AI-generated fake mugshot of Donald Trump has resurfaced on Twitter following his indictment in connection with the Georgia election investigation.

Numerous fabricated mugshots of Donald Trump are circulating on social media platforms, gaining traction once again. One specific image has garnered over a million views after it was shared by former lieutenant governor of Maryland, Michael Steele, on August 15. Steele used the old AI-generated mugshot of Trump to criticize the former president’s involvement in the Georgia indictment, despite his 2024 presidential candidacy.

This tweet has reached an audience of more than 1.1 million users. However, the image is confirmed to be fake, as no official mugshot of Trump exists. This picture had previously gone viral on April 5, 2023, a day after Trump pleaded not guilty to 34 felony charges related to falsifying business records.

The software responsible for generating the photo remains unknown, though various AI programs like DALL-E 2, Artbreeder, and Midjourney possess the capability to create such images.

While past legal proceedings involving Trump only recorded his fingerprints due to his prominent status, this recent indictment could potentially mark the first instance where a portrait of Trump is included.

Earlier in the month, Fulton County Sheriff Pat Labat pledged that Trump would be treated no differently from anyone else and might be subjected to a standard photo session. Labat announced, “Unless somebody tells me differently, we are following our normal practices, and so it doesn’t matter your status, we’ll have mugshots ready for you.”



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