The France and Barcelona ahead Antoine Griezmann ended his affiliation with Huawei on Thursday, saying there are “sturdy suspicions” that the Chinese language tech large has contributed to the repression of the principally Muslim minority Uighurs.
The 29-year-old’s announcement adopted media studies that Huawei has examined facial recognition software program meant to assist China’s surveillance of the group.
“Following sturdy suspicions that the Huawei firm has contributed to the event of a ‘Uighur alert’ due to facial recognition software program, I’m asserting the quick termination of my partnership with the corporate,” Griezmann stated in an Instagram submit.
“I take this chance to ask Huawei to not simply deny these accusations,” he stated, “however to take concrete actions as shortly as potential to sentence this mass repression, and to make use of its affect to contribute to the respect of human and girls’s rights in society.”
Griezmann was a world model ambassador for Huawei and has appeared in commercials selling the corporate’s smartphones.
Huawei has stated in response to claims that it examined a facial recognition system to detect Uighurs and ship alerts to authorities: “This report is solely a take a look at and it has not seen real-world utility. Huawei solely provides general-purpose merchandise for this sort of testing. We don’t present customized algorithms or functions. Huawei operates in compliance with the legal guidelines and laws of all international locations and areas the place we function.”