No, a viral photo does not show an explosion near the Pentagon

Published May 23, 2023


A false image claiming to show an explosion near the Pentagon that recently went viral was discussed on VERIFY by Siwei Lyu, SUNY Empire Innovation Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering.

Lyu said his UB Media Forensic Lab ran the image with its algorithm and found that it may have come from a generative AI model. Several parts of the building, including the windows on the first and second floors, are “irregular and not consistent with real-life buildings,” Lyu said. 

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