The Limited Times

Now you can see non-English news...

The truth behind the viral photo of Pope Francis where he wears a striking fashionable coat


A photo of the pontiff in a puffy white coat was shared thousands of times over the weekend. Many said the pope had a sophisticated fashion sense and even praised his style. But there is an explanation behind the image.

By Daysia Tolentino -

NBC News

Internet users praised Pope Francis' style over the weekend, after images of the pontiff wearing fashionable clothing surfaced.


the images of Francisco in a striking, puffy white coat were, in fact, fake


The AI-generated "photos" appear to have first appeared on Friday on a


(a forum within the social platform Reddit) dedicated to commenting on the Midjourney AI program, before being widely circulated on Twitter.

[An asteroid capable of destroying a city approaches Earth]

The images misled many users, in one of the first cases of large-scale misinformation from an AI image.

As AI programs become more accessible, users can create all kinds of super-realistic, fake images.

Although many of these new programs have flaws, they continue to improve, making it increasingly difficult to tell the real thing from the fake.

Even the American celebrity Chrissy Teigen was fooled.

“I thought the pope's puffy coat was real.

I did not hesitate one second.

There is no way it will survive the future of technology,” she commented in a tweet.

[TikTok users declare their love for the CEO of the social network and oppose the government closing it]

"I found out today that this image of Pope Francis in a puffy coat was AI generated (...) This is the first time I've been fooled with an AI generated image," said another Twitter user.

According to Google Trends, Internet searches for photos of the pope increased when the image was posted on Twitter.

One of the pope's puffy coat tweets had been forwarded more than 25,000 times as of Monday afternoon.

Microsoft will integrate artificial intelligence into its Office suite programs

March 17, 202300:28

The pope's image circulated just days after

AI-generated images of former President Donald Trump being arrested went viral.

Although many users were skeptical of the images of Trump, a large number of them believed that those of the pope were real, illustrating that AI realism is on the rise.

Still, some details revealed that the pope's images had been AI-generated: his hands appeared crooked and the crucifix was misshapen.

The creator of the pope image did not immediately respond to requests for comment from NBC News.

But in an interview with Buzzfeed he said that "I thought it was funny to see the pope in a funny coat."

He added that it was "definitely scary" that "people would accept (the image) as real without question."

Source: telemundo

All news articles on 2023-03-27

You may like

Life/Entertain 2023-01-05T15:59:39.514Z

Trends 24h


© Communities 2019 - Privacy

The information on this site is from external sources that are not under our control.
The inclusion of any links does not necessarily imply a recommendation or endorse the views expressed within them.