The Facebook company now known as Meta announced this week that it is shutting down the Face Recognition system on Facebook.  Meta stated that this is part of a company-wide move to limit the use of facial recognition technology in its products. What does this mean? If you have a Facebook page and you previously opted-in to be automatically recognized in photos and videos on Facebook, this feature will be disabled. Meta also announced that it is deleting more than a billion people’s individual facial recognition templates.

Meta claims in a press statement released this week that it needs to “weigh the positive use cases for facial recognition against growing societal concerns, especially as regulators have yet to provide clear rules.”  Although Meta doesn’t elaborate on what the details are of the growing societal concerns, the company states that it seeks to move toward narrower forms of personal authentication.