A billion Facebook facial images to be scrapped in end to facial ID system

Facing metacriticism in the news – and following US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) concern (plus $5 billion fine) previously, and a $640 million biometric data class action brought this year in Illinois; Facebook [now Meta Platforms] is shutting its facial recognition system. While this (I won’t say metamorphosis) is a major concession, the company did not rule out using facial recognition in other products. However, this move should mean the platform will no longer recognize faces in photos, videos or Memories, although it will still allow people to manually tag images.