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Explosion Near the Pentagon?

It’s time for a fact check!

Breaking reports early Monday morning about an explosion near the Pentagon in Washington D.C. went viral.

Dozens of social media accounts shared the breaking reports, including Indian-based Republic TV which has 2.8 million followers.

However, it turns out the breaking reports were completely fake.

Apparently, the false reports spread via an AI-generated photo faking an explosion near the Pentagon.

Republic said it cited a now-deleted post and picture tweeted by RT.

“Republic had aired news of a possible explosion near the Pentagon citing a post & picture tweeted by RT. RT has deleted the post and Republic has pulled back the newsbreak,” Republic tweeted.

Arlington Fire & EMS confirmed there was no explosion near the Pentagon.

“@PFPAOfficial and the ACFD are aware of a social media report circulating online about an explosion near the Pentagon. There is NO explosion or incident taking place at or near the Pentagon reservation, and there is no immediate danger or hazards to the public,” Arlington Fire & EMS tweeted.

The fake reports spread far enough to where it caused a brief dip in the markets.

The market recovered soon after the reports were confirmed fake.

Business Insider reported:

While it hasn’t been confirmed whether the image was made using AI tools, it does feature some of the hallmarks of AI-generated images. The columns on the supposed building in the hoax photo vary in size, for example, and the fence appears to blend into the sidewalk in some places.

The photo was spread by dozens of accounts on social media, including RT, a Russian state-media Twitter account with more than 3 million followers — but the post has since been deleted. Most other accounts that retweeted the image appear to be affiliated with conspiracies or the war in Ukraine.

Information about the purported explosion was shared by the Twitter account @DeItaone at 10:06 a.m. ET. By 10:10, the market had fallen 0.26% but quickly bounced back.

DeItaone later posted that news of the explosion was fake.


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