Incident 315: Facial Recognition Service Abused to Target Russian Porn Actresses

Description: The facial recognition software FindFace allowing its users to match photos to people’s social media pages on Vkontakte was reportedly abused to de-anonymize and harass Russian women who appeared in pornography and alleged sex workers.


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Alleged: NtechLab developed and deployed an AI system, which harmed Russian pornographic actresses and Russian sex workers.

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Facial Recognition Service Becomes a Weapon Against Russian Porn Actresses · 2016

The developers behind “FindFace,” which uses facial recognition software to match random photographs to people’s social media pages on Vkontakte, say the service is designed to facilitate making new friends. Released in February this year, …


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