A photo of a group of palm trees on a small island is being circulated widely on social media. The shape of the leaves and positioning of the trees against the sky seem to create an effect which resembles an image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Several social media users amplified it as a miracle of nature. Others also claimed that this picture was taken by a French photographer in Gokarna, Karnataka.

A Twitter user shared another such image in which the branches and tree line are shaped in such a way that they appear to create an image of Congress leader and MP Rahul Gandhi. He said it was clicked by an Australian in South Goa.

The image is being circulated widely across social media platforms.

Fact Check

At the first glance, the image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi appears to be the work of artificial intelligence. When we performed a reverse image search of the photo in question, we found a mention of it in a tweet by a user named Madhav Kohli.

When another user asked Kohli which application he used to create the image, he replied that it was Stable Diffusion.

We noticed that the Illusion Diffusion tool was one of this week’s trending applications on Hugging Face, a website which hosts artificial intelligence tools. The tagline of the application reads, “Generate stunning high quality illusion artwork with Stable Diffusion.” In other words, illusion art can be created in the app with the help of stable diffusion.

When we tried to create similar artwork as the viral image with the help of this application, we achieved a similar result. This confirms that such pictures can be created with the help of this tool. Given below are a few examples of the renderings.

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The user who tweeted Rahul Gandhi’s picture also later added a disclaimer, stating that this tweet was a dig at those who shared the picture of Narendra Modi created with the help of artificial intelligence.

Alt News also noticed that the creator of the Illusion Diffusion application quote-tweeted a post by a contributor to this application, which showed how a life-like HD output could be generated using the input of a person’s face.

To sum it up, a number of social media users mistakenly shared AI-generated images of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi as real, believing it to be a miracle of nature.

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About the Author

Abhishek is a senior fact-checking journalist and researcher at Alt News. He has a keen interest in information verification and technology. He is always eager to learn new skills, explore new OSINT tools and techniques. Prior to joining Alt News, he worked in the field of content development and analysis with a major focus on Search Engine Optimization (SEO).