Facebook is removing billions of records by shutting down its facial recognition system.
As part of a broader initiative to limit the use of facial recognition technology across its products, Facebook's newly rebranded parent company Meta announced plans to discontinue its decade-old "Face Recognition" system and delete a massive trove of more than a billion users' facial recognition templates on Tuesday. Additionally, the company's Automatic Alt Text (AAT) service, which generates picture descriptions for visually challenged persons, would no longer include the names of people in images. The adjustment is being made because the firm needs to "balance the beneficial use cases for face recognition against rising social concerns, especially since regulators have yet to offer clear standards," according to the corporation. Read More