Dating Site Steals 250,000 Facebook Profiles

By on February 5, 2011
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Dating site launches its site with 250,000 profiles already uploaded. How? It stole them from open Facebook profiles.


How does one launch a dating site with 250,000 users already signed up? It steals them from unsuspecting social media users, that’s how. Or at least that’s what the folks at ‘Lovely Faces’ felt was the best way for them to up their subscriber numbers.

The two ‘entrepreneurs’ who launched Lovely Faces and stole names, locations and photos from Facebook profiles claim that it’s not commerce, It’s art. The site categorizes the stolen profiles into several categories using facial recognition algorithms, categories which include; ‘easy going’, ‘sly’ and ‘smug’ among others. You could also search by name.

Facebook obviously wasn’t the slightest bit pleased with this latest bit of news. Barry Schnitt, Facebook’s director of policy communications said:

“Scraping people’s information violates our terms. We have taken, and will continue to take, aggressive legal action against organizations that violate these terms. We’re investigating this site and will take appropriate action.”

Interestingly this was how Zuckerberg, Facebook’s founder, started back in 2003. by ‘scraping’ names and photos of fellow Harvard students to form Facemash.

Source: The Sun


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