Tech twist

Home » News » Why Facebook Is Shutting Down Its Face Recognition System

Facebook began rolling out a facial recognition technology in 2017 that recognizes you even in untagged photographs. After making the feature opt-in in 2019, Facebook’s move to shut down the face recognition system on its platform astounded everyone. The move is part of the firm’s attempts to minimize the use of facial recognition in its products, according to the company.

Facebook Shuts Downs Face Recognition System

In the coming weeks, Facebook’s facial recognition program will be shut off. Users who have opted in to have their faces recognized in photographs and videos will no longer be automatically identified by the social media site. Furthermore, the business claims to be removing the face recognition template that was previously used to identify users.

“This change will represent one of the largest shifts in facial recognition usage in the technology’s history. More than a third of Facebook’s daily active users have opted into our Face Recognition setting and are able to be recognized, and its removal will result in the deletion of more than a billion people’s individual facial recognition templates,” wrote the company.

The end of Facebook’s facial recognition system will have an influence on the Automatic Alt Text (AAT) mechanism. AAT creates descriptions of images for visually challenged persons and is used in 4% of photos. While AAT will still be able to count how many people are in a shot, it will no longer be able to identify them using facial recognition.

This is the first major change to Facebook since it changed its name to Meta. Facebook wants to deploy facial recognition technology in limited use cases in the future, such as gaining access to a closed account and verifying identity in financial goods to prevent fraud and impersonation. In a word, Facebook claims to be shifting away from broad identification and toward more specific kinds of personal authentication.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.