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Facebook to shut down face-recognition system and delete data from over one billion users

Facebook has announced that it will be shutting down its face-recognition system and will be deleting the faceprints of over one billion people.

The Vice President of artificial intelligence for Facebook’s new parent company Meta ‘Jerome Pesenti’ stated, “This change will represent one of the largest shifts in facial recognition usage in the technology’s history.”


Mr. Pesenti said that over 30% of Facebook users have opted-in for the Face Recognition setting and that its removal has resulted in the deletion of over one billion people’s individual facial recognition templates.

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

The facial recognition tool was initially introduced over ten years ago on the platform.


One practice that ended was the use of facial recognition software for the identification of users’ friends in uploaded photos which would automatically suggest tagging them.

This tag suggestion feature is what resulted in the social media giant being sued in Illinois.

IMAGE – “Mark Zuckerberg F8 2018 Keynote” (CC BY 2.0) by Anthony Quintano


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