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Facebook Unexpectedly Turns Away From Sfnal Face Recognition

Facebook has shut down its face-recognition system, turning away from an all-knowing big brother future, shocking most analysts and commentators.


(Approximately 640 million daily active users opted into the setting)

Facebook announced on Tuesday that it will shut down its controversial face-recognition system and delete the faceprints of more than 1 billion people, citing the concerns the technology has on society.

More than one-third of Facebook's 1.93 billion daily active users - equating to approximately 640 million - have opted into the Face Recognition setting and the ending of the system will impact them...

Earlier this year, the company settled a lawsuit over the use of its facial recognition technology for $650 million after users alleged it created and store facial scans without their permission.

I don't know of an earlier reference to the automated face-recognition idea than that put forward by Nat Schachner and Leo Zagat (who often wrote together as Schachner and Zagat); these Golden Age greats described a wonderful selective electric eye in their 1931 classic Exiles of the Moon:

But the selective beam of the electric eye refused to swing open the portal. Already the orders of the master of the house had barred the door against her. The actuating mechanism that should have operated by the imprint of her image on the telephoto cell, remained dead.

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