If we start to play with the concepts of identity theft and dating, we should be able to unveil how fragile a virtual identity given to a proprietary platform can be.
If the Guinness World Record for smugness and arrogance-holding creators of Lovely-Faces.com’s “logic” became acceptable, kidnapping President Obama would be a dandy way to demonstrate that the Secret Service was incompetent, and triggering a “fire sale” crash of technology-based U. systems would be a fine way to show that they are insufficiently protected.
Paolo Cirio, a media artist, and Alessandro Ludovico, media critic and editor-in- chief of magazine, claim that their goal of showing how Facebook makes identity theft too easy justifies their means of proving it: stealing 250,000 Facebook member profiles and organizing them into a new dating site—without the members’ permission, of course.
Barry Schnitt, the Director of Policy Communications at Facebook, insists that scraping user data violates the social network’s terms of service.
Thus, Facebook is currently investigating before taking legal action.
Yes, it’s true: you may be one of the lucky Facebook members to have your name, location and photos scraped from Facebook and placed into a personality category using a facial recognition algorithm, so online lonely hearts can search for you in your general area.