Revealed: Secret way Taylor Swift handles stalkers
Concertgoers who viewed a kiosk display set up at a Taylor Swift show in May were reportedly caught on camera by facial recognition software that was searching for stalkers.
The technology was used at the pop star’s performance at the Rose Bowl on May 18 via a booth that played videos from her rehearsal, Rolling Stone reported on Monday.
The disclosure came from Oak View Group’s Chief Security Officer Mike Downing, who was invited to the event by the kiosk’s manufacturing company, the outlet said. That company was not identified. Downing told Rolling Stone that he was there to view a software demo.
“Everybody who went by would stop and stare at it, and the software would start working,” Downing told the outlet.
The snapshots obtained by the camera were then sent over to a “command post” in Nashville that compared them against a catalog of her stalkers, Downing said.
Neither representatives for Swift or the Rose Bowl Arena immediately returned request for comment.
The singer proved remarkably adept at flying under the radar during her recent Australian tour, hard to spot thanks to a lack of public appearances and her carefully-curated Instagram feed.
But she made headlines this week when she stepped out in New York with boyfriend Joe Alwyn and a bodyguard — who was a dead ringer for her ex, Tom Hiddleston.