Fool Facebook with your T-Shirt

Posted by: Maxine Brimmer (3 years ago)

Hate being automatically tagged in a load of unfortunate photos on Facebook after every event you attend? There aren’t many solutions to dodging your own personal paparazzi, but a newly-released t-shirt might give Facebook’s recognition software a run for its money.

The Facebook-fooling fashion was created by Simone C. Niquille, a student at the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam. Featuring distorted images of celebrities such as Michael Jackson and Britney Spears, the t-shirts aim at confusing Facebook’s facial recognition algorithm. The (sort of creepy) t-shirts are part of Niquille’s thesis work; however she has also begun to sell custom-ordered shirts at $65 each in her online store.

Whilst the concept of deceiving Facebook’s unpopular facial recognition program sounds tempting, we should warn you now that sadly the shirts don’t obscure you from the software. In an interview with Wired, Niquille stated that the aim behind the t-shirts was to fool Facebook’s software into tagging public figures incorrectly in photos. So if you like playing little tricks on social media and don’t mind wandering around parties with a distorted image of Michael Jackson all over your torso, these shirts would definitely be indispensable additions to your wardrobe.

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