When you’re a megastar like Taylor Swift, no precaution is too crazy when you’re dealing with persistent stalkers.
That’s why Swift reportedly pays for advanced facial recognition technology at her concerts to help identify unwanted creeps. A company named Oak View Group apparently monitored her 2018 Rose Bowl appearance in high-tech fashion, scanning and analyzing the faces of concertgoers.
Imagine how freaky it would be to have at least 100 verified stalkers!
— Quartz (@qz) December 12, 2018
The method of facial scan used at Swift’s Rose Bowl concert was pretty clever.
As fans entered the venue, they were shown clips of the pop star’s rehearsal footage. By glancing at the screen, they activated facial recognition cameras that sent information back to a remote team seeking to identify potential threats.
Fans of Swift were shocked and impressed with her advanced security methods.
that facial-recognition tech article about taylor swift said she has at least one-hundred (100) known stalkers. can you imagine how scary?
— Molly Priddy (@mollypriddy) December 12, 2018
taylor swift has facial recognition tech around the stadiums where she is playing and has to sweep every room she enters for cameras and bugs because of stalkers i mean… no one is safe from gross men 🙁
— rox y (@ohtwentyfive) August 30, 2018
So Taylor literally knew who was trouble when they walked in. https://t.co/iLXeh1h9qB
— Jim Prosser 🖖 (@jimprosser) December 13, 2018
This happens at concerts and live sport events more than anyone realizes 😳
— Gavin Blawie (@hablamos) December 13, 2018
But many criticized Swift for breaching the rights of those in attendance.
I’m going to show you stalking is wrong by finding out exactly who you are and where you live
— awyeahmrkrabs (@DylanWhite1011) December 13, 2018
— Dr. Roy Schestowitz (罗伊) (@schestowitz) December 13, 2018
.. / The images picked up by the facial-recognition camera were then transferred to a “command post” in Nashville, Tenn., Swift’s home state, to check a database of her known stalkers../
.. of which which that data was sniffed & captured by China & Russian intelligence .. pic.twitter.com/wBpkari8Xu
— Jor ♥ El (@JoR3LofKrypton) December 12, 2018
As usual, everything Swift-related becomes super controversial.
Sure it sounds empowering, but it’s ultimately disempowering for everyone: Taylor Swift used facial recognition tech at her concerts to check against a private database of her stalkers: https://t.co/J5iN8xmtlE
— Elizabeth Joh (@elizabeth_joh) December 12, 2018
Many were reminded of the facial recognition technology used in China.
Not just in China anymore. Taylor Swift used facial recognition to track her stalkers at a concert. https://t.co/u2ovSQ7nRJ
— ian kennedy (@iankennedy) December 12, 2018
Is that legal?
— Hiccup Wiz (@jcyuki23) December 13, 2018
Considering that she’s received countless death threats in her career, the invasive security seems warranted.
— NME (@NME) December 13, 2018
Nah it's not, she's got serious stalker issues and it was for our safety as well
— Jehlé🖤// HAPPY BIRTHDAY TAYLOR!! (@mustlikeme4me) December 12, 2018
No, seriously! Taylor definitely needs this protection.
Suspected stalker arrested outside Taylor Swift's home with knife and rope https://t.co/1i8DigdaYb
— Muhammad Rehan Saadi (@Muhamma20891441) December 13, 2018
I just read an article on @taylorswift13 creepy stalker. Who does that? Honestly. People are insane. I may drunkenly try to meet her mom but invading someone’s personal home is uncalled for.
— Lauren (@lo4495) December 13, 2018
While some are mocking Swift’s attempts to keep herself and concertgoers safe, this is clearly no laughing matter. We applaud Taylor for taking the extra steps necessary to shut down her stalkers.