Facebook will stop using its facial recognition software

To protect the privacy of its users, Facebook announced that it will no longer use its facial recognition software on photos and videos.

After several criticisms for the little privacy it offers its users, Facebook announced that it will stop using facial recognition software on photos and videos.

The social network used its system to identify the people who appeared in the different content that was published. In this way he was able to build a global library of faces.

“This modification will represent one of the biggest changes in the use of facial recognition in the history of technology,” wrote Jerome Pesenti, Meta’s vice president of artificial intelligence.

What is Facebook facial recognition?

The platform offered the facial recognition as an optional tool for years. With this feature you could tag friends or family in photos and videos. And to alert people if another user uploads an image they are in.

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However, their facial recognition software was very controversial, since the experts assured that it invaded the people’s privacy, since they could be identified in any photo or video that was shared.

“There are many concerns about the place that facial recognition technology occupies in society. And regulators are still in the process of providing a clear set of rules governing their use. “

Through a blog, Jerome Pesenti acknowledged the growing concern about using your facial recognition software in photos and videos.

“Amid this ongoing uncertainty, we believe that limiting the use of facial recognition to a narrow set of use cases is appropriate.”

Through a statement it was reported that in the coming weeks it will be eliminated facial recognition software in photos and videos.

“Those people who have the facial recognition option activated will no longer be identified in the images in which they appear”

The platform will delete more than a billion “facial recognition templates.” The phase-out will take place around the world and is expected to be completed in December.

“It will result in the cancellation of more than one billion individual facial recognition profiles”

Will this change in Facebook affect users?

Facebook noted that more than “a third of people who are active daily users have the facial recognition option activated. That allows them to be identified by name and surname in videos and photos through the use of artificial intelligence ”.

Facebook recognition photos

According to the company, the only change that there will be is that its “automatic alternative text tool, which creates descriptions of images for people with visual disabilities, will no longer include the names of people recognized in the photos.”

It should be remembered that Facebook implemented its facial recognition software in 2010. However, in 2020 it lost a lawsuit and the company agreed to pay $ 650 million.

The company’s decision came after authorities deemed it had “illegally collected biometric information to label faces in violation of an Illinois privacy law.”

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