Dating Website 'LovelyFaces.com' Imports 250,000 Facebook Accounts Without 'Permission'

How does a unknown dating site, with the absurd intention of destroying Facebook, launch with 250,000 member profiles on the first day? Asked Wired to dating site Lovely-Faces.com's founders' -- "simple" -- You scrape data from Facebook, with profiles -- names, locations and photos -- scraped from publicly accessible Facebook pages. The site categorizes these […]

How does a unknown dating site, with the absurd intention of destroying Facebook, launch with 250,000 member profiles on the first day? Asked Wired to dating site Lovely-Faces.com's founders' -- "simple" -- You scrape data from Facebook, with profiles -- names, locations and photos -- scraped from publicly accessible Facebook pages. The site categorizes these unwitting volunteers into personality types, using a facial recognition algorithm, so you can search for someone in your general area who's "easy going," "smug" or "sly."

Lovelyfaces.com: Pulled Facebook public profiles

Or, you can search for people using their real names.

So how did they do it? Paolo Cirio, a media artist, and Alessandro Ludovic, media critic and editor in chief of Neural magazine, explained the concept:

Through special custom software we collected data from more than 1,000,000 Facebook users. What we collected is their "public data" - some of their personal data (name, country, Facebook groups they subscribe to) plus their main profile picture and a few friend relationships.

Facebook, said "We're investigating this site and will take appropriate action."

Facebook's terms of service require those who want to collect data from its pages to apply for permission, which Cirio and Ludovic didn't when they pulled publicly available profile.

Both says, they'll take down a user's profile, if a person asks and the site doesn't have any indication they're actually trying to make any money.

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