# The facial-recognition app Clearview sees a spike in use after Capitol attack.

After the Capitol riot, Clearview AI, a facial-recognition app utilized by licensed methods enforcement, has seen a spike in use, talked in regards to the company’s chief govt, Hoan Ton-That.

“There was a 26 percent increase of searches over our usual weekday search volume,” Mr. Ton-That talked about.

There are ample on-line footage and flicks of rioters, many unmasked, breaching the Capitol. The F.B.I. has posted the faces of dozens of them and has requested help figuring out them. Local police departments all by the use of the nation are answering their put collectively.

“We are poring over whatever images or videos are available from whatever sites we can get our hands on,” talked about Armando Aguilar, assistant chief on the Miami Police Department, who oversees investigations.

Two detectives in the division’s Real Time Crime Center are utilizing Clearview to hold out to look out out rioters and are sending the potential matches to the F.B.I.’s Joint Terrorism Task Force workplace in Miami. They made one potential match inside their first hour of wanting.

“This is the greatest threat we’ve faced in my lifetime,” Mr. Aguilar talked about. “The peaceful transition of power is foundational to our republic.”

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In half as a consequence of its effectiveness, Clearview has develop to be controversial. After The New York Times revealed its existence and widespread use last year, lawmakers and social media companies tried to curtail its operations, fearing that its facial-recognition capabilities could pave the way for a dystopian future.

The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday that the Oxford Police Department in Alabama is also using Clearview to identify Capitol riot suspects and is sending information to the F.B.I. Neither the Oxford Police Department nor the F.B.I. has responded to requests for comment.

Facial recognition is not a perfect tool. Law enforcement says that it uses facial recognition only as a clue in an investigation and would not charge someone based on that alone, though that has happened in the past.

When asked if Clearview had performed any searches itself, Mr. Ton-That demurred.

“Some people think we should be, but that’s really not our job. We’re a technology company and provider,” he said. “We’re not vigilantes.”