With a wink and a nod, Meta looks to evade Clearview-type biometric penalty – plus, it’s quietly removing some Facebook location data services

Perhaps Illinois and Texas didn’t notice that Meta’s Instagram, Messenger, Messenger Kids, Portal and Facebook have been using facial recognition algorithms – which the company claims didn’t identify anyone anyway. Well, in case either could be a problem, Meta has temporarily shut off some avatars and filters for subscribers in both states. Certainly better than facing consequences like Clearview (see Story #1).

The company is also changing Location Services in Facebook, including Nearby Friends, weather alerts, and Location History as of May 31st. This will mean Meta will stop collecting information used for these, even if you previously granted permission.

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