Meta/Facebook To Continue To Use Facial Recognition Tech…. After Deep Sixing A Facial Recognition Program …. Another Reason To #DeleteFacebook

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

That’s good right? Well, as always the devil is in the detail. And the detail is that the social network’s parent company, Meta, said that the commitment does not apply to its metaverse products:

While Meta says that facial recognition isn’t a feature on Instagram and its Portal devices, the company’s new commitment doesn’t apply to its metaverse products, Meta spokesperson Jason Grosse told Recode. In fact, Meta is already exploring ways to incorporate biometrics into its emerging metaverse business, which aims to build a virtual, internet-based simulation where people can interact as avatars. Meta is also keeping DeepFace, the sophisticated algorithm that powers its photo-tagging facial recognition feature. 

“We believe this technology has the potential to enable positive use cases in the future that maintain privacy, control, and transparency, and it’s an approach we’ll continue to explore as we consider how our future computing platforms and devices can best serve people’s needs,” Grosse told Recode. “For any potential future applications of technologies like this, we’ll continue to be public about intended use, how people can have control over these systems and their personal data, and how we’re living up to our responsible innovation framework.”

This smells like a bait and switch to me. As in stop using facial recognition in one part of the company, but use it someplace else and hope that nobody notices. This underlines the fact that Facebook cannot be trusted and should be deleted from the metaverse, and anywhere else it operates.

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