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Google claims that CNN falsified the report of a facial recognition app

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Google claims that CNN falsified the report of a facial recognition app
CNN reported, according to an interview, that Google was developing an application that would recognize faces, and tie them to phone numbers, email addresses, etc. Google has gone out of their way to adamantly deny that they have such an app in the pipeline.

Google issued the following statement: "We are NOT 'introducing a mobile application' (as the CNN piece claims) and as we’ve said for over a year, we would NOT add face recognition to any app like Goggles unless there was a strong privacy model in place. A number of items 'reported' in the story, such as a potential app connecting phone numbers, email addresses and other information with a person’s face, are purely speculative and are inventions of the reporter.”

That's not only a denial, but a pretty scathing criticism as well, particularly the inclusion of quotations around "reporting". But how could a reporter, particularly one for an established news source, get the story so wrong?

CNN then offered a response: "Google’s claims do not fit the facts of the situation. This interview was prearranged – on the record – and staffed by a Google PR rep, who raised no objections at the time and did not deny what the engineer said. Additionally, we have an audio recording of the interview, as does Google. We stand firmly behind Mark’s reporting."

We're not quite sure who to believe. It's not like either source is more or less credible. If we had to guess, the Google representatives probably got a little over-eager, and started speculating on the potential for a facial recognition app in general, rather than what Google itself was developing.

source: SlashGear

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posted on 01 Apr 2011, 17:00 2

1. john (unregistered)


Lets hear the recording CNN.

posted on 01 Apr 2011, 21:43 1

2. Socalvenom (unregistered)


wow tell me something about cnn that we all don't know I mean if Im gona here a lie from someone it might as me my nephew at least he might pull it off.

posted on 02 Apr 2011, 00:23

3. haroonazeem638 (Posts: 129; Member since: 29 Mar 2011)


what's the fu**ing big deal anyway?

posted on 02 Apr 2011, 09:04 2

7. Sniggly (Posts: 7183; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


If the CNN report was completely true, then a stalker with this app could take a photo of his victim and gain access to a shit ton of personal information on her, including, possibly, her name, address, phone number, etc.

posted on 02 Apr 2011, 09:01

6. Sniggly (Posts: 7183; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


CNN distorting facts and reporting a story skewed against a rival of Apple's or someone going up against the government? Not surprised in the least.

posted on 02 Apr 2011, 13:14

8. protozeloz (Posts: 5381; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


CNN is a news Chanel/page how do they gain money again? ohh yeah with "news" the more of an scandal this news are the more money they get out of it.... they might come with real news from time to time but some news must be "stretched" in order to look attractive, one of my teachers (socials) used to say "believe half the info the news tell you, long ago news had an informative role, now they have a lucrative roll" many have to come clarifying after news like CNN make some report stretching the facts and calming, shit like "we do it for the the public, we did it for the children or we serve our nation" all they really care is money, and the more the better...

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