Facebook abolishes face recognition system

Facebook has announced that it will no longer use the face recognition system on its platform and that it will delete more than a billion templates that were used for face recognition in the coming weeks.

The company will stop using face recognition algorithms to tag people in photos and videos, and will delete face recognition templates it uses for identification.

Facebook’s face recognition system analyzes photos of tagged users and photos of connected users to create a unique identifier or template. This template is then used to identify users in published photos or to automatically tag people in memories.

Now, a week after rebranding into Meta, Facebook has announced that it is abolishing the face recognition feature and deleting all profile templates created by the system.

The move came after Facebook was accused of violating the Illinois state’s biometric privacy law by collecting and storing users’ biometric data without consent, leading to a $ 650 million settlement that Facebook struck in February. Facebook restricted the face recognition function back in 2019, so it has been optional ever since.

“We still see face recognition technology as a powerful tool. But many specific cases where facial recognition can be helpful should outweigh the growing concerns about the use of this technology as a whole, “said Jerome Pesenti, vice president of artificial intelligence at statement companies. “There are many concerns about the place of face recognition technology in society, and regulators are still in the process of providing a clear set of rules that would regulate its use,” Pesenti said, adding that they believe limiting the use of face recognition to a narrow set of cases. appropriate solution.

Facebook will no longer automatically recognize the faces of people who appear in memories, pictures, or videos.

People will no longer be able to turn on face recognition for suggested tagging or see a suggested tag with their name on photos and videos where they may appear. However, Facebook says it will continue to encourage people to manually tag posts, so that they and their friends know who is in the photo or video.

This change will also affect AAT (Automatic Alt Text), a technology used to describe images for people who are blind or partially sighted. The AAT currently identifies people in about 4% of photographs. After the change, the AAT will still be able to recognize how many people are in the photo, but will no longer try to identify people who use face recognition.

For those who have enabled the face recognition option, Facebook will delete the template used for identification. If you have turned off face recognition, there is no delete template and there will be no change.

Source: Informacija.rs by www.informacija.rs.

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