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Tom Morello Joins Protest Against Facial Recognition Tech At Concerts

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Tom Morello has become the latest artist to protest against the use of facial recognition technology at concerts.

"I don't want Big Brother at my shows targeting fans for harassment, deportation, or arrest. That's why I'm joining this campaign calling on @Ticketmaster and others not to use #facialrecognition at festivals and concerts," Morello tweeted.

Last year, Ticketmaster started testing facial recognition technology to allow fans to enter a show using their image.

However, Morello, Anti-Flag, Atmosphere and several other musicians from different genres have joined a coalition called Fight for the Future asking for the surveillance to be banned.

They claim that the tech might single out audience members for the purpose of being unjustly detained, harassed or judged.

"Ticketmaster — owned by the same company as Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, Electric Daisy Carnival, Electric Forest, and more — is investing in facial recognition technology, which puts undocumented fans, fans of color, trans fans, and fans with criminal records at risk of being unjustly detained, harassed, or judged. 24/7 mass surveillance will not keep concerts safe. We can stop this," reads a statement on the campaign website.

The website claims that the tech could lead to immigrant fans being deported or fans' faces being added into a government database. It could also allow fans be arrested for outstanding charges or drug use.

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