Facebook will no Longer Use Facial Recognition Technology

Facebook  announced on Tuesday that the company will terminate its face recognition system due to concerns of users and regulators.

Facebook said that due to this change, the company will delete personal facial recognition templates for more than 1 billion people. The company said that more than one-third of Facebook’s daily active users (more than 600 million accounts) have chosen to use facial recognition technology.

Facebook will no longer automatically recognize faces in photos or videos, however, this change will also affect the company’s automatic text replacement technology used to describe images for the blind or visually impaired. Meta said that Facebook services that rely on facial recognition systems will be removed in the next few weeks.

The company stated in a blog post: “There are many concerns about the status of facial recognition technology in society, and regulators are still developing a clear set of rules to govern its use. In this ongoing uncertainty, We think it is appropriate to restrict the use of facial recognition.”

The company said that Meta will still consider using facial recognition technology in situations where people need to verify their identity or prevent fraud and impersonation.

In 2012, Facebook acquired the Israeli start-up Face.com for less than US$100 million, which focused on facial recognition in mobile applications. The deal was reached a few months after Facebook acquired Instagram, which was the effort of CEO Zuckerberg to transfer his business to the mobile field at that time.

In July 2020, the company agreed to pay a settlement of $650 million because the company was sued for collecting and storing biometric data without the user’s consent, which is prohibited by the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act.

 

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Facebook  announced on Tuesday that the company will terminate its face recognition system due to concerns of users and regulators.

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