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’
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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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Yin Qi, co-founder and CEO of Megvii, a company focusing on facial recognition technology, is pictured at his office in Beijing. Photo: Simon Song

Rising Chinese AI star Megvii gets caught in the US-China tech war

  • Megvii among Chinese facial recognition companies reportedly being considered for US technology blacklist for role in Xinjiang surveillance
  • China wants to adopt AI in all walks of life, from health care to financial services to driverless cars and robots
Topic |   US-China tech war

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Yin Qi, co-founder and CEO of Megvii, a company focusing on facial recognition technology, is pictured at his office in Beijing. Photo: Simon Song
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