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Bishop T.D. Jakes Subject of AI-Generated Misinformation, Says Fact-Finding Website

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Bishop T.D. Jakes shares a message prior to his daughter Sarah Jakes Roberts taking the stage at the kickoff of the three-day Woman Evolve conference on Sept. 14, 2023, at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. (Gareth Patterson/AP Images for Woman Evolve)

(RNS) — Since late last year, Bishop T.D. Jakes, a Dallas megachurch pastor, has largely ignored social media posts linking him to Sean “Diddy” Combs, the hip-hop mogul who is the subject of several lawsuits alleging abusive behavior. A rare public response came in a sermon Jakes gave Christmas Eve, when he said, “I will not use his sacred day and this sacred pulpit to address a lie when I have a chance to preach a truth.”

Now, the fact-checking website Snopes has done the talking for Jakes, determining that Jakes has been the victim of misinformation, partly generated by artificial intelligence.

The website reported Tuesday (May 14) that YouTube and TikTok videos that began to appear in April claiming Jakes had resigned as senior pastor of The Potter’s House, his Texas church, were false.

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“According to the videos, Jakes’ purported resignation related to sex-abuse allegations against rapper Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs,” Snopes reported. “However, Jakes did not step down from his church.”

The bestselling author, the site noted, took part in services at his church as recently as Sunday (May 12), where he could be seen via The Potter’s House YouTube channel.

“This false rumor was simply the latest chapter in a months-old series of videos — many at least partially created with the assistance of artificial-intelligence tools — promoting unfounded rumors claiming Combs hosted ‘sex parties’ in which Jakes participated,” Snopes concluded.

The unreality of the rumors has not inhibited either their creators or viewers, Snopes said: “We found no shortage of videos promoting the false and unfounded rumors about Jakes and Combs.” Several have received hundreds of thousands of views, it added.

Bishop T.D. Jakes, left, and hip-hop entrepreneur Sean “Diddy” Combs. (Jakes: courtesy of The Potter’s House of Dallas Inc.; Combs: AP Photo/Evan Agostini)

In December, Jordan A. Hora, executive director of PR and communications for T.D. Jakes Group, T.D. Jakes Ministries and The Potter’s House, described the claims about the Pentecostal minister as “unequivocally false and basel