05 Feb '11, 4am

Facebook photos swiped for dating website

SAN FRANCISCO - HACKING and art mixed on Friday in a freshly-launched dating website that lets visitors seek mates by sifting through profile pictures mined from Facebook. Lovely-faces.com boasted Facebook pictures of about 250,000 people searchable in categories that included nationality, gender, funny, smug, and 'climber'. The creators of the online 'dating agency' were identified at the website as artists Paolo Cirio and Alessandro�Ludovic. 'Our mission was to give all these virtual identities a new shared place to expose themselves freely, breaking Facebook's constraints and boring social rules,' the website authors said in an online statement datelined in Berlin. The artists explained that a million 'stolen' Facebook profile pictures were analysed using facial recognition software that filtered images by expressions. 'Immersing�ourselves�in�the�resulting�d...

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