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New technology uses face recognition to find explicit photos

An AMERICAN tech company launches the first world-server to use for facial recognition to suggest sexually explicit photos and videos posted online without their ex-partner’s consent

Darieth Chisolm is the move of a year long relationship, she got a disturbing message from her ex last year.

“He said to me: ‘I will shoot you in your head and stab you in your heart if I don’t come back to the relationship. And if he would not do it he would have someone like that,” Chisolm, the founder of “the 50 Shades of Silence,” he told Fox News.

His threats do not, ” she said. Chisolm, a former news anchor, was the latest victim of the revenge porn. Within a few weeks he started texting her lewd photos and videos he had taken of her while she was sleeping. He threatened to make them public – and then followed through on his threats, creating a website full of naked pictures of her.

They grew frustrated because, for months, there was nothing they could do. A new app and search engine, aimed to help women as Chisolm by them all their images on the web and, in some cases, helping them pull them from the Internet.

“The faster you can the photos, the content, the harassment of memes, is what it is removed,” Chisolm said, “of course, it can spread quickly, so you want to move.”

“They (the victims) need to be heard,” Hagege said. “They need to get the justice that they deserve.”

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The app, FacePinPoint, launched three months ago and claims to be the first of its kind. It uses facial recognition technology to the tracking of a victim of intimate photos and videos online.

Chisolm, said the site, which they don’t use, but endorses, is designed to give a voice to the victims of cyber harassment and other online crimes. And, she added, it helps victims to trace content that they may not know that they existed.

“With his app, at least with this face recognition for some people, particularly those whose content is imported on a porn website, you are able to make use of the app and hone in and hopefully track down and possibly get it removed,” Chisolm said.

In Chisolm is the case, they said that they reached out to GoDaddy.com the web hosting company where the images were shown, but the company said that they had to get a court order to have them removed. Months later, she is still in the court.

“If we can independently confirm a violation of our terms of use, we will take action,” Godaddy.com representative Nick Fully told Fox News. “However, this is not often the case in such a way that we rely on a fair trial guaranteed by the right to determine the appropriate course of action.”

She now travels the world giving speeches and helping other victims of revenge porn through her website, 50ShadesofSilence.com.

A lot of sites you need the original picture to be removed, making it difficult for victims to have them removed if they do not take or have access to the photo. FacePinPoint makes use of a profile picture that clearly shows that the victims face in order to find the explicit content.

“FacePinPoint is the best insurance to ensure that your content is not online and if the online is, then you are to find someone that you know is going to use for the compromise of your reputation,” FacePinPoint Founder Lionel Hagege told Fox News.

As soon as the identity of the user attached with the help of photos and data the web site uses facial recognition to search for inappropriate images.

“If we find those naked photos, we hit the face,” Hagege said. “We store it in our database and, as a user, you only need to visit FacePinPoint.com.”

Hagege says face detection is very accurate, unless there has been excessive weight gain or loss.

“We measure the distance between your eyes, your nose, your forehead, anything. So, in principle, we are not looking at your face, we are looking for the measures of your face,” Hagege said. “…if it is such as a few pounds it will work fine.”

Hagege says that if there is a match, the customer gets the results in their user-interface and a link where they can find the photos online.

But experts question how effective these types of technology will be given that many of these revenge porn photos are posted in the subscription sites that are difficult to detect.

Facebook is developing its own revenge porn service, which is now being tested in Australia. Google images Search could also be used.

Archie Agarwal, CEO of ThreatModeler, a cybersecurity company, said that regardless, finding the pictures is easy – it is the taking of them, of the web, that is difficult.

“In my opinion, this type of service may not be worth it, because it is unclear how accurate it will be and in the end, it is not to find the images, that is the problem, getting the sites to take them down,” Agarwal said.

FacePinPoint has a network of pro-bono lawyers and psychologists, but only in five states. They hope to expand this service to the one on the 25 Americans who are victims of revenge porn in the united states at the end of 2018.

“They should be heard,” Hagege said. “They need to get the justice that they deserve.”

Terrace Garnier is a Fox News multimedia reporter based in Columbia, South Carolina. Follow her on twitter: @TeraceGarnier

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