Fake photo of Pentagon explosion brings down Wall Street

Wall Street fell briefly this Monday morning after false news about a explosion at the pentagonwhich was later denied by the authorities.

The false news, published by a user on that social network and shared by the Russian media account RT -which he later deleted-, among others, included an image that could have been generated by artificial intelligence and that showed a column of smoke in the vicinity of the Pentagon.

Before the Department of Defense and the Arlington, Virginia, firefighters debunked that claim, the image went viral enough to spook Wall Street, where the S&P index fell near the 0.26% in a few minutesaccording to the economic environment Business Insider.

“We can confirm that this was fake news and that the Pentagon was not attacked todaya Pentagon spokesperson told the media.

there is NO explosion or incident taking place on or near the Pentagon reservation, and there is no immediate danger or risk to the public,” the firefighters said on their Twitter account.

Shortly after the denials, Wall Street quickly rebounded from that brief negative span, which nonetheless brought billions of dollars into the market.

The circulation of false news on Twitter, a social network that has opened its conditions to obtain a verification seal to any user who pays for it, and its impact on the stock market, have reopened the debate on the limits and the need to regulate artificial intelligencealthough it is not entirely clear if the image was generated by the AI.

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