Facebook is completely abandoning facial recognition software
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(Pocket-lint) – Facebook made a somewhat surprising announcement, confirming that it was going to turn off all facial recognition software it was using as part of its app’s photo suite and website. This is the system that recognizes who is in your photos when you upload them.
In the process of shutting down the system, Facebook again championed it as useful to visually impaired or disabled users who might find it difficult to manually tag friends and relatives in photos, but also admitted that the pros do not outweigh the cons to the system. moment.
Its blog post announcing the change confirms that the social media giant acknowledges the many concerns about facial recognition software that abound in society right now (not that these concerns are particularly new), explaining that this is part of why it is putting end to his involvement.
This is because if you have chosen to use automatic tags at some point, the template used to identify you will be deleted at the same time that the system is no longer available to anyone. This means that we can safely estimate that Facebook will remove “facial prints” from hundreds of millions of users.
This is a bolder step than what we’re used to from tech giants like Facebook (sorry, Meta) and it’s revealing that the blog post ends by reaffirming the potential usefulness of facial recognition in the future, but For now, it’s a pretty big step that privacy activists will likely welcome with open arms.
Written by Max Freeman-Mills. Originally published on .