Facebook and LinkedIn demand Clearview AI stop collecting images
Joining Twitter and Google-owned YouTube, Facebook and Microsoft-owned LinkedIn also demand that law enforcement facial-recognition app maker Clearview AI must stop collecting images from their platforms.
The controversial app uses over three billion images to find a match. These images have reportedly been sourced from various social media platforms including Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. LinkedIn said it was sending a cease-and-desist letter to Clearview AI.
“We are sending a cease and desist letter to Clearview AI. The scraping of member information is not allowed under our terms of service and we take action to protect our members,” a LinkedIn spokesperson reportedly said.
According to Clearview AI’s CEO Hoan Ton-That, the company has a right to use the data, since it's available in the public domain. He reportedly said, “The way we have built our system is to only take publicly available information and index it that way.”
Last month, Twitter told Clearview AI to stop downloading images from its platform to build its facial recognition databases as it violates its policies. The cease-and-desist letter from Twitter accused Clearview AI of violating Twitter's policies.
Clearview AI app is reportedly being used by over 600 law enforcement agencies including the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Homeland Security. The New York-based Clearview AI is not available to the public and a visit to its website yields no result for the common people.
*Edited from an IANS report.