Porn websites offer facial recognition to help find the girl next door … literally

November 21, 2012 - 

Two porn websites are offering free facial recognition services to their users to find look-alikes or similar-looking performers online.

SexFaceFinder.com and Naughty America’s “Face Match” service allow users to upload an image to their respective databases and find a visual match, taking out much of the guesswork of targeting porn to online users.

According to Blue Ivy in ZDNet, SexFaceFinder positions itself as a way for users to find a performer that looks like a specific person. Naughty America, on the other hand, openly solicits users to upload images of girls found on social media in an effort to find the photo’s subject in porn, or to find celebrity look-alikes or specific porn performers.

“Let’s hope no one finds out the hard way whether or not Naughty America and SexFaceFinder’s databases are maintained with mechanisms in place to deal with false, inappropriate or misattributed data – such as database inclusion without consent” Blue Ivy writes.

As reported previously in BiometricUpdate.com, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission recently released a best practices report concerning the common uses of facial recognition technologies, with the intent of protecting consumers’ privacy, as facial recognition technologies become commonplace.

“We think [facial recognition] is the future and we stand behind it,” Naughty America CEO Eddie Arenas said. “What we’ve developed is a system where users can visually show us exactly what they want and then see similar images. For porn, this works a lot better than using keywords.”

In regards to Facebook’s acquisition of online facial-recognition tool, Face.com, Arenas said, “The timing couldn’t have been better than for us to develop our facial recognition tool just on the heels of Facebook acquiring a facial recognition company. Great minds think alike.”

As reported in BiometricUpdate.com, free online facial recognition services offered by popular social networks like Facebook and Picasa have quickly become competitive with professional-grade facial recognition options.

In a Tech News Daily article looking at the SexFaceFinder.com and Naughty America facial recognition tools however, the results weren’t convincing. Using a public-domain photo of Condoleeza Rice, the Naughty America site wouldn’t process the image unless an email address was given, but a look at past searches made it clear results weren’t even close visual matches.

“Five matches were offered for ‘Call Me Maybe’ Carly Rae Jepsen, but none really looked like her, other than sharing Jepsen’s dark shoulder-length hair,” the article states. “And matches for shock-jock Howard Stern were all women.”

What do you think? Will facial recognition become a lasting aspect of online pornography?

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