Antoine Griezmann has decided to break his contract with Huawei. The FC Barcelona striker has decided to react, while the Chinese manufacturer is suspected of participating in the repression of the Uighur people.
While Huawei is preparing to see its sales fall sharply in 2021, the Chinese manufacturer will have to do without the image and aura of a world football champion: Antoine Grizmann. The current FC Barcelona striker decided this Thursday, December 10, 2020 to terminate his contract with the Shenzhen firm, since she is suspected of actively participating in the repression of the Uighur people in China.
“Following strong suspicions that the Huawei company would have contributed to the development of a “Uyghur alert (ndrl: both spellings are possible) thanks to facial recognition software, I am announcing that I am putting an immediate end to my partnership binding me with this company ”, writes the professional athlete on his Instagram account.
In this statement, Lionel Messi’s teammate refers to recent revelations from The Washington Post newspaper that Huawei would be involved in the development of facial recognition software, able to distinguish members of the Uighur people. This is in any case what an internal report of the company dated 2018 affirmed, since removed from the Huawei site.
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Antoine Griezmann continues: “I take this opportunity to invite Huawei not to simply deny these accusations, but to take concrete actions as quickly as possible to condemn this mass repression and use its influence to contribute to respect for Human Rights and Woman in society ”.
For its part, Huawei assured take “the matter very seriously ” and guarantees that no algorithm, no application in the field of facial recognition has been developed. “Huawei designs general-purpose technologies based on international standards for artificial intelligence […] (Huawei) is not involved in the development of the application layers that define how this technology is used ”, concludes the company in its official press release.
As a reminder, Huawei is still fighting against the United States to release its financial director, accused of having sold American products to Iranian firms, despite the embargo imposed by the American authorities.
Source: Les Echos