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Facebook photos swiped for dating website

Hacking and art mixed on Friday in a freshly-launched dating website
that lets visitors seek mates by sifting through profile pictures mined
from Facebook.
A view of the Facebook homepage taken in Washington, DC. Hacking and
art mixed on Friday in a freshly-launched dating website that lets
visitors seek mates by sifting through profile pictures mined from
Facebook.
Lovely-faces.com boasted Facebook pictures of about 250,000 people
searchable in categories that included nationality, gender, funny,
smug, and “climber.”
The creators of the online “dating agency” were identified at the website as artists Paolo Cirio and Alessandro Ludovic.
‘Our
mission was to give all these virtual identities a new shared place to
expose themselves freely, breaking Facebook’s constraints and boring
social rules,” the website authors said in an online statement
datelined in Berlin.
The artists explained that a million
“stolen” Facebook profile pictures were analyzed using facial
recognition software that filtered images by expressions.
“Immersing
ourselves in the resulting database was a hallucinatory experience as
we dove into hundreds of thousands of profile pictures and found
ourselves intoxicated by the endless smiles, gazes and often leering
expressions,” the artists said.
“So we established a new website
(lovely-faces.com) giving them justice and granting them the
possibility of soon being face to face with anybody who is attracted by
their facial expression and related data.”
Facebook frowned on
lovely-faces, saying that “scraping” or mining information violates the
terms of service at the world’s leading online social network. Facebook
was investigating and vowed to take “appropriate” action.
Ironically,
the story of Facebook’s genesis tells of its founder Mark Zuckerberg
getting in trouble for hacking Harvard University computers while a
student to get pictures of coeds for comparison with each other at a
website called “Face Mash” that he created.
source: Bangkok Post
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