BREAKING: Facebook To Shut Down Controversial Facial Recognition Program…. But You Should Still #DeleteFacebook

The news is breaking that Facebook is shutting down a controversial facial recognition program:

Facebook plans to shut down its decade-old facial recognition system this month, deleting the face scan data of more than one billion users and effectively eliminating a feature that has fueled privacy concerns, government investigations, a class-action lawsuit and regulatory woes.

Jerome Pesenti, vice president of artificial intelligence at Meta, Facebook’s newly named parent companysaid in a blog post on Tuesday that the social network was making the change because of “the many concerns about the place of facial recognition technology in society.” He added that the company still saw the software as a powerful tool, but “every new technology brings with it potential for both benefit and concern, and we want to find the right balance.”

Sure Facebook wants to “find the right balance.” What’s likely closer to the truth is that all the various whistle-blowers and leaks have caused so much damage that Facebook is trying to get ahead of anything else that will add to its misery. But this should not alter the fact that Facebook is simply a company that cannot be trusted. Thus you and everyone else on planet Earth should #DeleteFacebook.

One Response to “BREAKING: Facebook To Shut Down Controversial Facial Recognition Program…. But You Should Still #DeleteFacebook”

  1. […] You might recall that Facebook announced that it will no longer use facial recognition technologies on its platform. […]

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