Facial recognition app ‘used to shame sex workers and porn actresses as trolls share personal details’

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Facial recognition app ‘used to shame sex workers and porn actresses as trolls share personal details’

12:21, 4 May 2016
Updated 13:25, 4 May 2016
By Kirstie McCrum

When FindFace was launched, it was for the purpose of identifying new faces, but some have reportedly taken the tech to a dark place

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Facial recognition app being used to shame sex workers on social media
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A facial recognition app which reveals the identity of unknown people snapped in photos has been co-opted as a tool to SHAME sex workers, it’s reported.

FindFace was launched in February as an aid for the identification of random members of the public snapped in Russia.

But now women who work in the sex industry are allegedly being identified and abused online on the country’s equivalent of Facebook, Vkontakte (VK).

In a seemingly creepy use of tech, the company explains that FindFace is intended to find users of Russia’s largest social network in the virtual space with just one photo.

Read more: Facebook’s Photo Magic scans phone cameras and auto-tags pictures

The project, based on facial recognition technology developed by N-Tech.Lab, is explained in the robot-voiced video above.

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