Incident 431: Robbers Accessed Drugged Gay Men's Bank Accounts Using Their Phones' Facial Recognition

Description: Gay men in New York City were drugged by robbers who accessed their phones using facial recognition while they were unconscious to transfer funds out of their bank accounts.


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Alleged: Apple developed and deployed an AI system, which harmed gay men in New York City and Julio Ramirez.

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