Facebook announced on Tuesday it is shutting down its facial recognition system, which automatically identifies users in photos and videos, reason being that there is a growing concern in society over the use of the technology.
“Regulators are still in the process of providing a clear set of rules governing its use,” said Jerome Pesenti, vice president of artificial intelligence at Facebook, in a blog post. “Amid this ongoing uncertainty, we believe that limiting the use of facial recognition to a narrow set of use cases is appropriate.”
Facebook which just last week rebranded its mother company name to Meta platforms has said that one-third of its users use the facial recognition technology and that its phasing out would me that will delete over 1 billion facial recognition records of people
The shutting down of the technology is said to going to have a global outreach and the exercise is expected to be completed by December