Facebook ditching face recognition software

Facebook has announced that it will no longer use face recognition on its platform, which currently allows it to identify a person in pictures or videos posted on that social network.

Facebook ditching face recognition software

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Facebook is to shut down its face-recognition system. The California group, affected by scandals surrounding its economic model, also announced that it would delete the face recognition data collected since the option was introduced in 2010, for more than a billion users, the statement said.

"This change will be one of the biggest changes in the use of face recognition in the history of technology," said Jerome Pesenti, vice president of artificial intelligence at Facebook's new parent company Meta.

He said that more than a third of daily active Facebook users chose to include the face recognition feature and can be recognized in photographs and videos. As a result of the ending of that option, more than a billion individual data will consequently be deleted.

Facebook has already started reducing the use of face recognition since it introduced it a decade ago.

In 2019, the company stopped the practice of using face recognition software to identify users' friends in photos with automatic recommendations to "tag".

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By: Helen B.