Former President Donald Trump is being arraigned in court Tuesday afternoon after surrendering to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office earlier in the afternoonApr 4, 2023; New York, New York, USA; Former President Donald Trump appears in court for arraignment before Judge Juan Merchan following his surrender to New York authorities at the New York County Criminal Court. Trump appeared in court to answer charges from a grand jury investigation into payments made during the 2016 campaign to bury allegations of extramarital sexual encounters. Mandatory Credit: Curtis Means-Pool Photo via USA TODAY Curtis Means-Pool Photo via USA TODAY

As artificial intelligence proliferates into our world, it’s getting more and more difficult to tell what is fake from what is real. And apparently, that was certainly the truth this week when a bizarre image appearing to link Donald Trump and Michael Jordan began to circulate on social media.

According to Shayan Sardarizadeh of the BBC, who works to combat disinformation on social media and elsewhere on the Internet, a photo that has been circulating around the Internet appearing to show former United States President Donald Trump playing basketball with Michael Jordan as a child is a fake, AI-generated image.

“This image of Donald Trump supposedly playing basketball with a young Michael Jordan is AI-generated,” Sardarizadeh said in a tweet.

There are a few clear signs that the photo is fake, particularly Trump’s age. Trump is just 17 years older than Jordan, meaning he would have had to have been in his early 20s if this photo were real. And Trump is much older in this photo. Additionally, the lines on the basketball do not match up with the pattern seen on real basketballs.

So this was clearly one of those cases where the photo seemed too unreasonable to be real, and it’s not.

[Shayan Sardarizadeh]