RTing this again from yesterday because it's very important:

Crowdsourcing identification efforts go wrong. When they do, they have devastating impacts on the innocent people caught up in them.

I know the adrenaline rush that you get when you think you've found someone. I get it all the time.

But IDing people is precisely the kind of work that you should not do in a rush.

This work must be deliberate, thorough, methodical, slow.
Rushing to Twitter to post a possible lead (or worse, someone's name or Facebook account because "I think this might be him!") is irresponsible and has caused untold damage to the innocent people that it impacts.
We at @bellingcat only published a definitive match for the Proud Boy who broke @IwriteOK's finger last year after hours of careful deliberation. Our threshold before publishing a name is "100% match, without a single doubt".

How did we get to that point in this case?

We matched 4 different tattoos across several images (on top of facial features and body type/shape).

"The eyes are sort of the same" or "I think it's the same nose" is nowhere near enough information to drop someone's name.
It's encouraging to see so many people trying to help with these efforts, but please, please please be aware that you can do a tremendous amount of harm if you're wrong.

There's no room for error with this. If in doubt--no matter how miniscule--please do not post/share names.

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People are talking about AI-generated faces (check out this NYT article on the topic nytimes.com/interactive/20…)

Aside from creating fake faces, this tech can also edit the faces of real people with just a couple of clicks.

Let's do an experiment with Harrison Ford.
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These filters put the power of machine learning in the hands of everyone with access to the program.

To demonstrate, I'll use this picture of Harrison Ford in 1982's "Blade Runner".
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Opposition leader Juan Guaido was outside La Carlota military base in Caracas with a group of soldiers. He was joined by Leopoldo Lopez, who'd been freed from house arrest overnight.

A coup was underway.
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Working to geolocate now. I'll post some likely spots in a sec.

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