Nope, ‘facial recognition’ didn’t spot Antifa members at US riots

Right-wing rioters stormed America’s Capitol Building on Wednesday, with Republican Congressman Matt Getz advancing a conspiracy theory that members of Antifa were among a crowd of Trump supporters.

Trump’s aide, Gatz, described his claims on the Washington Times report as containing “compelling evidence” from a facial recognition firm.

The story features a shadowy character: a controversial Congressman who is Accused of glorifying violence, A packet of far-right protesters; A publication with Poor reporting history, And a mysterious facial recognition company.

But the company in question – XRVision – told TNW that the claims are nonsense. In a statement, XRVision said it had not identified anyone from Antifa – although it did locate two members of neo-Nazi organizations and another person with a history of promoting QAnon:

The image analysis we performed was distributed to a handful of individuals for their personal consumption and not for publication. XRVision Proud of the accuracy of his technique and the Washington Times considers the publication absolutely wrong, misleading and abusive.

XRVision said its lawyer had Instructed the Washington Times right-wing outlet to withdraw its claim and publish an apology. The conservative outlet has now issued corrections and apologies for the error.

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XRVision has also provided sample images of individuals who have been traced to its technology. But the investigation of the company requires even more investigation.

Dave Gershorn notes of OneZero That XRVision Has not done publicly published research, provided online information about its technology or customers, or submitted its algorithms for testing by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

LAccording to the Antifa conspiracy theory, the words of Congressman Getz and the apparently unrelated Washington Times report, the claims of a face recognition firm should not be taken at face value.

Published January 8, 2021 – 13:16 UTC