According to CNBC, Facebook said in a blog post that more than a third of Facebook’s daily active users, or more than 600 million accounts, have chosen to use facial recognition technology. This change will affect these users.
Facebook’s facial recognition technology causes a lot of controversy
Facebook will no longer automatically recognize the faces of people in photos or videos, the post said. However, the change will also affect the automatic alt-text technology the company uses to describe images to people with visual impairments. Facebook services that rely on facial recognition systems will be phased out in the coming weeks.
“There are concerns about the place of facial recognition technology in society, and regulators are still in the process of coming up with a clear set of rules regarding its use,” the company said. . In light of this uncertainty, we believe it is appropriate to limit the use of facial recognition in some cases.”
Facebook also added that ending the use of facial recognition systems is part of “a company-wide move away from this type of widespread identification.”
Meanwhile, Facebook’s parent company, Meta, said it would still consider facial recognition technology for situations where people need to verify their identities or to prevent fraud and impersonation. As for future uses of facial recognition technology, Meta will “continue to be public about what it’s used for, how people can control their systems and personal data.”
It is known that Facebook bought the Israeli startup Face.com in 2012 for less than 100 million USD. The company specializes in facial recognition for mobile applications. In July 2020, Facebook agreed to pay $650 million in a lawsuit for collecting and storing biometric data without user consent, in violation of the Biometric Information Privacy Act. of Illinois, USA.