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Midjourney, an AI image generator, has banned prompts that include the names of Joe Biden and Donald Trump. This decision comes amid concerns that AI technology could be used to spread misinformation and influence voters in the upcoming 2024 presidential election.

Midjourney’s Decision

Midjourney CEO David Holz explained that the company does not want to spend time policing political speech. However, he also wants to prevent the spread of misinformation.

Other AI Tools’ Bans

Other AI tools have also implemented similar bans to address concerns about the spread of harmful images. For example, Microsoft’s Bing Image Generator banned prompts related to the Twin Towers to prevent 9/11-related memes. OpenAI’s DALL-E 3 has also adopted stricter usage policies to limit the generation of violent, hateful, or adult content.

Midjourney’s Previous Lack of Action

Until now, Midjourney had not issued any specific policies to curb election disinformation. However, the platform does prohibit users from generating images for political campaigns or to influence election outcomes.

Concerns About Election Disinformation

Research has shown that AI image generators can be used to create images that support election disinformation. Midjourney performed particularly poorly in tests designed to detect and prevent such images.

The Need for Moderation

AI image generators have the potential to be powerful tools for creating art and entertainment. However, it is crucial that these tools are used responsibly and that measures are in place to prevent their misuse for harmful purposes.