The program used facial recognition technology to identify women who had appeared in porn videos. Photo: Shutterstock

Chinese programmer shuts down AI project to detect women in porn videos after backlash

  • Program used facial recognition technology to cross-reference videos and images on pornography sites with user information on social media
  • After being swamped with angry messages and criticism, Li Xu, who came up with the idea, says all data collected has now been deleted
Topic |   China Society

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The program used facial recognition technology to identify women who had appeared in porn videos. Photo: Shutterstock
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Megvii’s facial recognition software, Face++, is widely used across China to unlock smartphones, make mobile payments and verify identities at banks, train stations and airports. Photo: Simon Song

AI unicorn Megvii not behind app used for surveillance in Xinjiang, says human rights group

  • Human Rights Watch said Megvii’s Face++ code found in mobile app used by Xinjiang authorities was ‘inoperable’
Topic |   Start-ups

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Megvii’s facial recognition software, Face++, is widely used across China to unlock smartphones, make mobile payments and verify identities at banks, train stations and airports. Photo: Simon Song
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