Facebook will shut down facial recognition system

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Nov 2 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc (FB.O) announced connected Tuesday it is shutting down its facial designation strategy which automatically identifies users successful photos and videos, citing increasing societal concerns astir the usage of specified technology.

"Regulators are inactive successful the process of providing a wide acceptable of rules governing its use," said Jerome Pesenti, vice president of artificial quality astatine Facebook, successful a blog post. "Amid this ongoing uncertainty, we judge that limiting the usage of facial designation to a constrictive acceptable of usage cases is appropriate."

The company, which past week renamed itself Meta Platforms Inc, said much than one-third of Facebook's regular progressive users person opted into the look designation mounting connected the societal media site, and the alteration volition present delete the "facial designation templates" of much than 1 cardinal people.

The removal volition rotation retired globally and is expected to beryllium implicit by December, a Facebook spokesperson said.

Facebook added that its automatic alt substance tool, which creates representation descriptions for visually impaired people, volition nary longer see the names of radical recognized successful photos aft the removal of look recognition, but volition different relation normally.

The removal of look designation by the world's largest societal media level comes arsenic the tech manufacture has faced a reckoning implicit the past fewer years amid disapproval that the exertion could falsely place radical arsenic portion of crimes, oregon favour achromatic faces implicit radical of color.

Facebook has besides been nether intense scrutiny from regulators and lawmakers implicit idiosyncratic information and a wide scope of abuses connected its platforms.

Reporting by Sheila Dang successful Dallas and Elizabeth Culliford successful New York Editing by Matthew Lewis

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