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Facebook to shut down its face-recognition system and delete data

Facebook had already been scaling back its use of facial recognition after introducing it more than a decade ago

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said it will shut down its face-recognition system and delete the faceprints of more than 1 billion people.

This change will represent one of the largest shifts in facial recognition usage in the technology's history, said a blog post Tuesday from Jerome Pesenti, vice president of artificial intelligence for Facebook's new parent company, Meta.

More than a third of Facebook's daily active users have opted in to our setting and are able to be recognized, and its removal will result in the deletion of more than a billion people's individual facial recognition templates.

He said the company was trying to weigh the positive use cases for the technology against growing societal concerns, especially as regulators have yet to provide clear rules.

had already been scaling back its use of facial recognition after introducing it more than a decade ago.

The company in 2019 ended its practice of using software to identify users' friends in uploaded photos and automatically suggesting they tag them. was sued in Illinois over the tag suggestion feature.

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First Published: Tue, November 02 2021. 23:19 IST