Facebook prepares to close down its facial acknowledgment program

Facebook Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg affirms at a House Financial Services Committee hearing in Washington, October 23, 2019.

Erin Scott | Reuters

Meta, the business previously referred to as Facebook, on Tuesday revealed that it will be putting an end to its face acknowledgment system, closing down among the most widely-used facial acknowledgment innovations.

The business revealed that this modification will affect more than a 3rd of Facebook’s daily active users who have actually decided into using the innovation, which is more than 600 million accounts. Overall, Facebook stated it will erase more than 1 billion individuals’s specific facial acknowledgment design templates.

With completion of this system, Facebook will no longer immediately acknowledge individuals’s faces in pictures or videos. The modification, nevertheless, will likewise affect the automated alt text innovation that the business utilizes to explain images for individuals who are blind or aesthetically impaired.

“There are many concerns about the place of facial recognition technology in society, and regulators are still in the process of providing a clear set of rules governing its use,” the business stated in an article. “Amid this ongoing uncertainty, we believe that limiting the use of facial recognition to a narrow set of use cases is appropriate.”

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