Facial recognition for Facebook will no longer be available to identify people in photos
Data from over 1 billion people’s photos will be deleted by the social media business.
FACEBOOK has said that it would no longer use facial recognition to identify people in images and videos and that it will erase the data associated with over 1 billion users.
The announcement signals the demise of one of the most widely used facial recognition systems. Apart from face unlock for smartphones and other apps, Facebook’s auto tag is probably the most widespread sort of facial recognition technology.
Since 2010, Facebook has employed a face recognition algorithm to automatically recognize persons in photographs, videos, and Memories, provoking outrage from privacy campaigners and costing the company hundreds of millions of dollars in fines. According to a Facebook representative, billions of photos labeled with the help of facial recognition during the last decade will preserve their labels. Face recognition-based cues and signals regarding a person’s social group should also be preserved.
Facial recognition has become synonymous with privacy and human rights issues, prompting more than a dozen large US towns to prohibit its usage. Law enforcement’s use of face recognition has resulted in a number of erroneous arrests in the United States and has contributed in the establishment of a surveillance state in China to control Muslim minority groups.
Following the disclosure of hundreds of internal documents that highlighted flaws in moderation, Facebook has been under severe criticism for weeks. It also follows Facebook’s decision last week to rebrand itself as Meta.
The discontinuation of facial recognition for photo tagging does not imply that the corporation would stop using facial recognition altogether. Facebook will continue to utilize the technology to assist users to unlock locked accounts or verifying their identity before completing a transaction. Despite the fact that Facebook would remove data on over a billion faces, it will keep DeepFace, the AI model that was built with the data. Approximately one-third of Facebook users now utilize the tool that suggests people tag in photos.
Facebook will no longer utilize facial recognition to identify persons by name in a tiny fraction of images for those who are blind or visually impaired, in addition to removing automated photo tags.
Face recognition is no longer being used by Facebook, the latest major tech business to do so. Last year, IBM ceased delivering facial recognition to its clients. In the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder, Amazon and Microsoft halted sales of facial recognition technologies, citing a lack of action by regulators.
Despite bipartisan hyperbole about the threat facial recognition poses and the lack of guidelines in its use by law enforcement, Congress has yet to approve any legislation regulating the technology or establishing criteria for how businesses and governments can use it.
Facial recognition will become more harmful as algorithms develop further. Authoritarian governments will be able to use this technology to target religious minorities and political dissidents and crackdown on them. It will make the process of funneling individuals into jails more automated. It’ll give stalkers, abusers, and identity thieves more tools to utilize.
Facebook’s move is more of a public relations stunt and a deflection designed to generate positive headlines than a fundamental shift in thinking. On the other hand, the movie also demonstrates that the corporation does not want to be connected with hazardous technology.