Midjourney CEO and founder David Holz announced on Discord cited “extraordinary demand and trial abuse” as the reason behind shutting down trials.
Midjourney CEO and founder David Holz announced on Discord cited “extraordinary demand and trial abuse” as the reason behind shutting down trials. In a seperate email to the Verge, Holz said that the pause is because of massive amounts of people making throwaway accounts to get free images.“We think the culprit was probably a viral how-to video in china,” said Holz said. “This happened at the same time as a temporary gpu shortage. The two things came together and it was bringing down the service for paid users,” he added.
However, it was percived that the pause was linked to the viral images of Trump getting arrested and Pope in a puffy jacket. The images seemed so real that people on social media mistook for real photographs. But Holz clarified that those images were created using Midjourney version 5, which is a paid version and can only be accessed by the subscribers. Along with Trump, the realistic images of President Emmanuel Macron walking through the ongoing protests in Paris and Elon Musk holding hands with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, were also going viral on the internet.
Midjourney’s response so far has been inadequate and lacking a comprehensive strategy to address this issue of realistic images.
The statement also compares Midjourney’s content moderation policies to other similar services such as OpenAI’s DALL-E and Stable Diffusion. It highlights that Midjourney’s policies fall somewhere in the middle – being more permissive than DALL-E but more restrictive than Stable Diffusion.
Midjourney needs to do more to address the threat of fake images on its platform and that its moderation policies may need to be updated and made more consistent with other similar services.
“Moderation is hard and we’ll be shipping improved systems soon. We’re taking lots of feedback and ideas from experts and the community and are trying to be really thoughtful,” Holz told The Verge.