Facebook Abandons Facial Recognition, Will No Longer Identify Users to Tag in Uploaded Images

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A new article on Social Media Today reports that in a highly significant move, Facebook announced that it's shutting down its facial recognition program, and that it will also delete all of its facial recognition files, meaning that it'll no longer be able to identify people in posted images.



"In the coming weeks, we will shut down the Face Recognition system on Facebook as part of a company-wide move to limit the use of facial recognition in our products. As part of this change, people who have opted in to our Face Recognition setting will no longer be automatically recognized in photos and videos, and we will delete the facial recognition template used to identify them."
That's a big change on a key element that the company has stood by for years, which has been sparked partly by ongoing fines and legal challenges, while also being driven by its limited value, in relative terms, when compared to the rising costs. Facebook's facial recognition systems have long been a cause for concern among privacy advocates, while the process itself has also cost Facebook billions in fines due to legal action over its use and process.

Facebook was fined $5 billion by the FTC in 2019 over various privacy breaches, including the use of facial recognition technology:

"The FTC also alleges that Facebook misrepresented users' ability to control the use of facial recognition technology with their accounts. According to the complaint, Facebook's data policy, updated in April 2018, was deceptive to tens of millions of users who have Facebook's facial recognition setting called "Tag Suggestions" because that setting was turned on by default, and the updated data policy suggested that users would need to opt-in to having facial recognition enabled for their accounts."
The New York Times also reports that Facebook's parent company Meta has considered building facial recognition into its AR glasses project, with specific note of the privacy concerns and trade-offs involved. Those could end up being prohibitive, but it does show that Facebook is still weighing the value of face ID, and how it can be used to maximize its projects, even though it's abandoning its original recognition systems.
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  • Profile picture of the author WF- Enzo
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    They should've really abandoned that facial recognition years ago.
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  • Profile picture of the author LadyMarmalade
    I really hope it is true. I would not trust all they say for sure.
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  • interesting. also so so doubtful.
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  • Profile picture of the author Shreya1203
    nice forum
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  • Profile picture of the author hichamaziz
    Great news thank you for posting
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  • Profile picture of the author Ajasa Ayomide
    Thanks for sharing, the piece was top-notch!
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    • Profile picture of the author WF- Enzo
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      What made you say this was top-notch?

      Originally Posted by Ajasa Ayomide View Post

      Thanks for sharing, the piece was top-notch!
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  • Profile picture of the author shaba karim
    its too late but Its Ok Now
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  • Profile picture of the author Blekley
    I also liked this news and I think that now my privacy will not be affected.
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    • Profile picture of the author energiefitness
      Privacy is a myth, that's what I feel.
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      • Profile picture of the author WF- Enzo
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        Can you further elaborate?

        Originally Posted by energiefitness View Post

        Privacy is a myth, that's what I feel.
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        • Profile picture of the author energiefitness
          Everything or any information available on the internet is prone to threat in the cyber world. Applications nowadays use microphones to target ads, try it. Scroll through Instagram or Facebook and if you have given permission to the application they would be using the same for targeting you with the ads that mean it uses a microphone even when you do not use the feature in the application. This is just an example.
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  • This feature always bothered me. I hate it when I get notifications that I'm tagged in photos of people I don't know.
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  • Interesting info! Thanks for sharing
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  • Profile picture of the author Joshroggers
    It was a great feature
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  • Profile picture of the author plopza
    There is already so much facial recognition it is crazy. I boarded a flight a few weeks ago and they didn't scan my ticket they scanned my face
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  • Profile picture of the author wesleyboy765
    I hope it's true or otherwise I'm confused
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  • Profile picture of the author nivlek2009
    Well l guess that gives us a wee bit of privacy back (or at least the illusion of it) but in the bigger scheme of things, l don't think it makes a single sliver of a difference, what with all the digital data that is readily available and the advanced AI technology to process it. I don't think there's any way to run away from our data being recorded and processed, so we might as well all just embrace it. There's always 2 sides to almost everything, and just like money, your digital data being recorded and processed, while being monetized through ads, can also lead to life-saving apps for heart patients etc.
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  • Profile picture of the author Georgianna
    Interesting info!
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  • Profile picture of the author drdavidlee
    Interesting info. i use this feature health related site.
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