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This 2017 photo provided by artist Jing-cai Liu shows her work titled "Wearable Face Projector" at a gallery in Utrecht, Netherlands. A 2017 video by Liu showing her demonstrating the conceptual art piece, on screen at center, began circulating widely on social media in early October 2019 after Hong Kong instituted an emergency ordinance to ban masks at rallies. (Jing-cai Liu via AP)

CLAIM: Following a ban on face masks, protesters in Hong Kong use wearable face projectors that trick the facial recognition system used by the government.

THE FACTS: A video circulating on social media that shows a wearable projector is conceptual. It doesn't work. Artist Jing-cai Liu designed the head piece along with a group of students at the University of Arts Utrecht. Liu told The Associated Press in an email that the artwork was designed to show how privacy might be protected in public places. "It was made to be a thought provoking art piece," she said.

Liu's website features a video of a woman wearing the head gear as images are beamed onto her face to simulate how it would work. The video, labeled as showing a working face projector, began circulating widely on social media after Hong Kong instituted an emergency ordinance to ban masks at rallies. Liu said her piece was not intended to be political. She found out that people were sharing her video in relation to the protests when her friends began tagging her in posts with the false caption.

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