Meta previously known as Facebook has announced that amid wide-ranging criticism and potential legal action against it — it’s facial recognition software is no more. According to reports, the company made the announcement against thebackdrop of a self-indulgent mission to improve its image after years of ignoring concerns from the public.
“These are places where facial recognition is both broadly valuable to people and socially acceptable when deployed with care,” Jerome Pesenti said in a blog post discussing the decision. Users may still see the software when they encounter pages on the site like those in which require them to use it to unlock their account.
In 2019, the company was sued amid claims that the software was by default on and unlawfully collecting biometric data on people. That suit was settled earlier this year for $650m.