Facebook, Citing Societal Concerns, Plans To Shut Down Facial Recognition System
Output of an Artificial Intelligence system from Google Vision, performing Facial Recognition on a photograph of a man, with facial features identified and facial bounding boxes present, San Ramon, California, November 22, 2019. (Photo by Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images)

According to the vice president of artificial intelligence at Facebook, Inc., the company is removing the platform’s facial recognition system.

The facial recognition system automatically identifies users in photos and videos, which has caused controversy regarding the ethics of the technology use leading to compromising privacy.

Facebook officials state, “Regulators are still in the process of providing a clear set of rules governing its use. Amid this ongoing uncertainty, we believe that limiting the use of facial recognition to a narrow set of use cases is appropriate”.

Other companies have also deactivated facial recognition including IBM, Microsoft Corp and Amazon.

Do you think Facebook is doing the right thing by removing the facial recognition system? Do you use facial recognition on any apps or to unlock your phone? Is the facial recognition system an invasion of privacy?

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