US sanctioned China’s top facial recognition firm over Uyghur concerns. It still raised millions

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January 7, 2022

SenseTime, China’s largest facial recognition startup, has come under increasing scrutiny by the US government for its alleged role in the surveillance of Uyghurs.

Over the past two years, the US has used sanctions to escalate pressure on the company, first by adding it to the government’s entity list, which restricts US exports to the company, and this December, by banning US investment in the firm.

But those sanctions have thus far had little effect on the company’s bottom line.

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