Facebook Inc. announced Tuesday that it is shutting down its face recognition system, which automatically recognizes users in photos and videos, citing concerns about the use of such technology.
“Regulators are still in the process of providing a clear framework of rules that will govern its use,” Jerome Pesci, Facebook’s vice president of artificial intelligence, said in a blog post.
“In the midst of this continuing uncertainty, we believe it is appropriate to limit the use of face recognition to a limited number of cases.”
The company, which last week renamed itself Meta Platforms Inc, explained that more than a third of Facebook’s daily active users have opted for social media recognition and will now delete more facial recognition templates. by 1 billion people.
“This change will be one of the most important developments in the use of face recognition in the history of this technology,” said Jerome Pescidi.
“More than a third of Facebook’s daily users have enabled face recognition and can be identified,” he said.
“More than 1 billion digital face recognition models” will therefore be deleted.
This unexpected decision means that some popular media tools will no longer work: for example, when a user posts a photo, the algorithm will no longer guess the names of the people present.
The process will take place worldwide and is expected to be completed by December, a Facebook spokesman said.
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