Facebook will no longer use facial recognition technology, Meta Platforms vice president of artificial intelligence Jerome Pesenti said in a blog post.
According to the post, “people who have opted for our facial recognition setting will no longer be automatically recognized in photos and videos, and we will remove the facial recognition template used to identify them.”
One-third of daily Facebook users have opted for facial recognition, the post said. The change will consist of removing over a billion models for the program.
All of this means that Facebook won’t recognize when users’ faces appear on various photos or videos, according to the post. And users will no longer have the option to enable it for suggested photo tagging or see a tag of their name. The change will also affect Automatic Alt Text technology, which creates image descriptions for the blind or visually impaired.
Meta still considers facial recognition a powerful tool for verifying identities or stopping fraud and identity theft cases, the publication said. However, Pesenti noted that there are also “growing concerns” about the technology.
“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,” he said in the post.
Facebook announced last month that it would add more support for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) owned by women and minorities. This will be done through an expanded program to buy back unpaid invoices and give entrepreneurs instant access to funds.
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Facebook has committed $ 100 million to its Invoice Fast Track program, which charges small businesses a small fee for cash advances.
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