FacialNetwork Gets Cease-and-Desist Letter from Facebook for NameTag Facial-Recognition Product

FacialNetwork CEO Kevin Alan Tussy said in a press release that shortly after his company released the second demonstration video for its NameTag facial-recognition search engine, he received a cease-and-desist letter from Facebook, which had already taken away FacialNetwork’s access to Facebook Login.

NameTag650FacialNetwork CEO Kevin Alan Tussy said in a press release that shortly after his company released the second demonstration video for its NameTag facial-recognition search engine, he received a cease-and-desist letter from Facebook, which had already taken away FacialNetwork’s access to Facebook Login.

Tussy did not reveal the contents of the cease-and-desist letter from Facebook, nor did he specify why the social network was targeting NameTag, only saying that Facebook claimed that NameTag violates its terms of use. He wrote in the release:

The fact that this letter comes right after we announced a key partnership, the hiring of a new rock-star chief operating officer and a major announcement of our entire suite of applications makes me think the timing of this cease-and-desist letter is more than just a coincidence.

We haven’t violated Facebook’s terms of use. The fact is that Facebook has its own facial-recognition division, and it’s possible that this letter is an attempt by Facebook to try to slow us down.

FacialNetwork is pioneering facial recognition on mobile and wearables; we are attracting a lot of attention, and it threatens the establishment. We are moving networking off the computer screen and into the real world, but the reality is that once NameTag is launched as a social media hub, it will bring even more traffic to Facebook. We will help people connect on all social media sites faster and easier.

Readers: What do you think is going on here?