Has Lovely Faces Stolen Your Facebook Profile?

Someone is out to get Mark Zuckerberg, creator of Facebook, and their using YOUR profile to do it. Love Faces is a mock internet dating site that pulled 250k public Facebook profiles without permission and featured them on their website.

Whose to blame? Paolo Cirio, a media artist and Alessandro Ludovico, a media critic and the Editor in Chief of Neural magazine.

What kind of information did they pull?

Names, Locations and Photos were pulled from thousands of Facebook profiles. They even went so far as to use facial recognition software to categorize people as “easy going” or “sly.” All this was done to spite Mark Zuckerberg in a very “FaceMash“-esqe sort of way.

What did the creators of Lovely-Faces.com have to say?

They told Wired – “Facebook, an endlessly cool place for so many people, becomes at the same time a goldmine for identity theft and dating — unfortunately, without the user’s control,” the two explain. “But that’s the very nature of Facebook and social media in general. 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.”  

Facebook is denying any responsibility – apparently “Scraping information” is against their terms.  If you don’t like it – change your privacy settings. That’s like saying if you get in a car accident today, it’s your fault – you could have decided NOT to drive today.

Oh Facebook – If I were to categorize you on Lovely-Faces – I’d say you were sly dog.

Either way, they are taking “aggressive legal action” and “will take appropriate action” to the site in question. So basically, Cirio & Ludovico your 15 minutes of fame are over.

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