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Clearview AI had help from far-right extremists, reveals a report 

by Jerilyn Jacobs (2020-04-13)

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A report reveals the controversial face recognition software Clearview AI was developed with help from far-right extremists. 

The Huffington Post claims founder Hoan Ton-That has close ties with several extremists, attended dinners organized by alt-right groups and had employees famous for hate speech. 

It includes Charles Johnson, owner of a crowdfunding platform for white supremacists and Jack Posobiec, who led the Pizzagate campaign, along with Peter Thiel and his associate Jeff Giesa who is said to donate to alt-right causes, the Huffington Post claims.

The report claims to have videos, messages and tour sapa emails linking the Clearview founder to these individuals as well as evidence suggesting the technology was designed specifically to 'identify every illegal alien in the country.'

Ton-That has commented on these allegations in an email to DailyMail.com, stating: 'I am not a white supremacist or an anti-semite, nor am I sympathetic to any of those views.'

'They are abhorrent and I reject them wholly and without reservation.'

'To those who have read my words in the Huffington Post article, I deeply apologize for them.'

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A report reveals the controversial face recognition software Clearview AI was developed with the help of the far-right. The system is said to have a three-billion-strong database of social media photographs includes pictures which are private or have been deleted


Clearview identifies people by cross-referencing their mugshot with its mammoth image archive, which has sent chills up the backs of privacy campaigners since it began selling its service to police.

The system is said to have a three-billion-strong database of social media photographs includes pictures which are private or have been deleted.






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And the mobile app is capable of matching names to faces with a tap of a touchscreen.

Clearview AI came under fire earlier this year when reports revealed it was lending its services US law enforcement agencies including the FBI to help hunt down suspects or search for illegal immigrants.

The firm's website says its technology has 'helped law enforcement track down hundreds of at-large criminals, including pedophiles, terrorists and sex traffickers'.






The Huffington Post claims founder Hoan Ton-That has close ties with several extremists, attended a dinner organized by an alt-right group and had employees known for their hate speech







It includes Charles Johnson, owner of a crowdfunding platform for white supremacists and Jack Posobiec, who led the Pizzagate campaign, along with Peter Thiel (pictured) and his associate Jeff Giesa who is said to donate to alt-right causes, the Huffington Post claims 


But the app raises questions about privacy and the potential for it to be used for evil.

However, it appears privacy and security are the least of the firm's problems.  

Ton-That grew up in Australia with his Vietnamese family before moving to the US aged 19 and later co-founding Clearview AI.

A well-known hacker, Ton-That made a name for himself in 2009 by creating a computer worm that stole Gmail users' login credentials.

Six years later, he was rubbing elbows with those in the far-right who were helping Trump get into office.

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