We begin today through the confusion in the nation's capital.
Check out this photo. Looks pretty real, right?
Well, it's not. This fake image appears to show a major explosion near the Pentagon, but experts say the image has all the makings of being generated by AI or artificial intelligence.
It was even shared by numerous verified Twitter accounts with blue check marks, including one falsely claiming it was associated with Bloomberg News.
The fake image from the fake account posted, "Large Explosion near The Pentagon Complex in Washington, D.C. -- Initial Report."
Well, local officials were cognizant of these false reports, and they confirmed that no such incident occurred.
And experts said the building in the image doesn't even closely resemble the Pentagon.
The Fire Department in Arlington, Virginia responded in a tweet stating that the department and the Pentagon Force Protection Agency were, "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."
Now, this mayhem and confusion even impacted the stock market, with Wall Street seeing a brief dip during the trading day.
This fake image even tricked some international news outlets.
False reports making their way to air on major Indian television network Republic TV.
Explosion reported near Pentagon, which cited reports from the Russian news outlet RT.
The news outlet later retracted that report when it became clear that the incident never took place.
Our Donie O'Sullivan has more on this viral hoax.
There's two real parts to this, right? There's, first is Elon Musk's Twitter.
And a lot of your viewers might remember the whole saga about the blue check marks on Twitter, the verified check marks.
Musk has basically taken all of those away and is selling them now to people who want to get a blue check mark.
So whereas before, if you had a blue tick on Twitter, it meant that Twitter had verified you are the person or the organization you're claiming to be.
That's not really the case.
So what happened this morning was somebody posted using an account that they claimed was linked to the Bloomberg News organization, posting that AI generated image and claiming there had been some kind of explosion at the Pentagon.
That then got shared across multiple other verified accounts that we saw it on other platforms, too.
It looked quite coordinated, but we don't know right now who pushed this.