In response to serious concerns over privacy, Facebook has decided to shut down its facial recognition and delete a billion faceprints, said his parent company on Tuesday.
This announcement comes as it battles one of its worst crises ever, with a large number of internal documents leaked to reporters, lawmakers and US regulators.
In a statement the parent company, Meta said, “There are many concerns about the place of facial recognition technology in society, and regulators are still in the process of providing a clear set of rules governing its use.”
It added, "Amid this ongoing uncertainty, we believe that limiting the use of facial recognition to a narrow set of use cases is appropriate.”
Facebook has noted that more than a third of its daily users have opted to use the facial recognition system.
The statement further added that shutting down the facial recognition system "will result in the deletion of more than a billion people's individual facial recognition templates.”
Meanwhile, the social media giant has also changed its parent company name to "Meta" in an effort to move past being a scandal-plagued social network to its virtual reality vision for the future.