Facial Recognition App Clearview Sees Surge in Use After Capitol Riot

Facial Recognition App Clearview Sees Surge in Use After Capitol Riot


Clearview AI, a facial-recognition app law enforcement uses to track down criminals, has seen a surge in use since the Capitol Hill riots on Wednesday, according to the company’s CEO.

“There was a 26 percent increase of searches over our usual weekday search volume,” Clearview AI CEO Hoan Ton-That told the New York Times.

There are many online photos and videos of rioters, often depicted not wearing masks, storming the Capitol. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has posted the faces of dozens of them and has asked the public for help in identifying them.

Local police departments across the country are heeding the FBI’s call.

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Law enforcement also uses traditional facial recognition tools, like databases containing government-provided photos such as mugshots and driver’s licenses.

But Clearview, which, according to the company, is used by 2,400 law enforcement agencies, relies on a database of more than three billion photos from

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