According to Engadget, Midjourney is ending free access to its AI image generator after users created deepfakes of high-profile figures using the tool. CEO David Holz says new safeguards have not sufficiently prevented misuse during trial periods. From now on, users will have to pay at least $10 per month for the tool.
It has been difficult to establish policies on content as AI enables more and more realistic imagery. Midjourney says it is hoping to improve AI moderation. There have been other criticisms of AI image generators, including worries about stolen images and intellectual property. Inconsistencies in policy complicate use, and ending free access is one attempt to prevent widespread misinformation.
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