Facebook Developed Facial Recognition App in 2015 But Revealed it Now

Facebook Developed Facial Recognition App in 2015 But Revealed it Now

According to Facebook, it had developed an internal facial recognition application for employees and friends. The news came out last week but actually, the app was built and used in 2015 and 2016. But Facebook discontinued the use of this app at that time. Because the social media giant was on the hit list due to privacy concerns. These privacy concerns also included ‘collection of facial recognition data without permission’. Facebook Developed Facial Recognition App in 2015 But Revealed it Now

The function of the app is to allow users to identify colleagues and friends by simply pointing the camera at their face, provided they had facial recognition enabled.

Facebook Developed Facial Recognition App in 2015 But Revealed it Now

The discontinuation of the app is due to privacy concerns and Facebook not wanting to temp its fate. The discontinued and initial version of this application could identify anyone who had a social network if there was enough data. This was changed later on because of the arising privacy concerns. It was confirmed that Facebook built this app but it could identify anyone who had a social network with enough information was not confirmed.

The Facebook spokesperson said:

As a way to learn about new technologies, our teams regularly build apps to use internally. The app described here were only available to Facebook employees, and could only recognize employees and their friends who had face recognition enabled.

The news of this app development in 2015 shows that how Facebook tested with features that made people concerned regarding their privacy.

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