Russian application in one second recognizes faces on Twitter – the portal protests

Russian company NTechLab released an application that in one second allows to recognize the face in the photo published on the Web. The tool has been integrated with Twitter. In its creators’ opinion, the app helps to identify fake accounts. However, Twitter protests and claims, that the application is incompatible with its rules.

The application is called FindFace. It has been developed by Russian company NTechLab, founded by Artem Kucharenko and Alexander Kabakov. They had previously tested the tool on VK, which is a local equivalent of Facebook in Russia.

FindFace, using artificial intelligence algorithms, is able in 1 second to identify on the network the same face, even if on photographs it is showed in different perspectives. NTechLab decided to integrate its application with Twitter and share it globally. As a result, out of more than 300 million user accounts, in a second the app is able to pick those, that bear a photograph of the same person.

According to NTechLab, the application can be very useful for Twitter users and serve for detection of fake accounts on the website. The opposite view, however, have Twitter’s managers. They believe that use of this application is inconsistent with Twitter rules and it will be treated very seriously by the company. In addition, there are concerns that the application can be used not only to activities from which Internet users can benefit. Yet, so far it has not been disclosed what exact steps Twitter intends to take. There are only rumors about the necessity of talks between Twitter and NTechLab on the use FindFace by users.

Anna Ch

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