Clearview AI has scraped 10 billion photos from the web

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Clearview appears to have ignored demands from social media companies to stop taking images from their platforms. Clearview AI has scraped over 10 billion photographs from people’s social media profiles on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other platforms for its controversial facial-recognition tool.

Clearview CEO Hoan Ton-That told Wired that a larger database of photos means its customers, often law enforcement agencies, are more likely to find people of interest. The bigger data set also makes the firm’s tool more accurate. The statement suggests that the firm has completely ignored requests from Facebook, Twitter, and Google last year to stop downloading photographs.

Twitter, Facebook and YouTube have all threatened legal action against Clearview if it doesn’t stop the practice. The company also faces multiple privacy lawsuits in the US, and elsewhere.

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