I'm more than a bit disturbed by this affair.
Kabakov says the app could revolutionise dating: “If you see someone you like, you can photograph them, find their identity, and then send them a friend request.”
Instead of actually coming up and saying "Hello". I know dating in Russia is screwed up, but to make it more so with this creepy practice?
“It also looks for similar people. So you could just upload a photo of a movie star you like, or your ex, and then find 10 girls who look similar to her and send them messages.”
"Find people like your ex, because the first time wasn't enough".
as well as by online vigilantes to uncover the social media profiles of female porn actors and harass them.
Kabakov and Kukharenko said they had not received an approach from Russia’s FSB security service, but “if the FSB were to get in touch, of course we’d listen to any offers they had”.
Of course you would, assholes. Since:
[Kabakov] believes we cannot stop technological progress so must work with it and make sure it stays open and transparent.
Meanwhile, I wasn't able to find the source code for the thing. "Open and transparent" in this case means "in our hands because we're cool like that".
And as icing on the cake, the website both positions itself as an "innovative dating service" and has the audacity to state that's it been "recommended" by the aforelinked Guarding article right on its front page.
For the first time I'm glad not to have a picture up on my VK page.