Facebook AI Team Creates A Tool That Fools Facial Recognition Systems – Report

According to media reports, Facebook artificial intelligence (AI) team has created a tool that can trick a facial recognition system to wrongly identify a person in a video. Earlier, this de-identification technology mostly worked for still images, as stated by The Verge.

A report from VentureBeat says that the new de-identification technology will also work in live videos, uses machine learning to change the key facial data of a person in a video.

According to VentureBeat, “Face recognition can lead to loss of privacy and face replacement technology may be misused to create misleading videos”. It also states that “Recent world events concerning advances in, and abuse of face recognition technology invoke the need to understand methods that deal with de-identification. Our contribution is the only one suitable for video, including live video, and presents a quality that far surpasses the literature methods”.

Facebook will reveal this tool at the International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV), which will take place in Seoul, South Korea, next week.

It is to be noted that Facebook is currently facing a huge $35 billion class-action lawsuit for misusing facial recognition data in Illinois. Facebook request for making this lawsuit void has also been rejected by a US court. The newly developed tool would create more problems for Facebook in coming future.

Last week, TechCrunch stated that a three-judge panel of the ninth circuit judges in San Francisco denied the Facebook request to quash the lawsuit. The case would now go for trial if the Supreme Court doesn’t come in-between.

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