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Facebook to face lawsuit over face-scanning tech

Facebook to face lawsuit over face-scanning tech

In June 2011, Facebook introduced a feature in certain countries - the United States being one of them - giving users the ability to automatically tag people in their photographs.

Facebook said the case has no merit.

The decision comes at a time when Facebook is embroiled in a scandal after reports that British data firm Cambridge Analytica had improperly gathered detailed Facebook information on 87 million users, up from a previous estimate of more than 50 million. The company has now started asking some users to explicitly give permission to use it, but the tech - and the way Facebook is asking for permission - is raising some objections.

Facebook faces allegations that it has collected biometric data about users without their consent.

"This in turn stops the hoax from spreading and reduces the number of people who see it.Pages and domains that repeatedly share false news will also see their distribution reduced and their ability to monetise and advertise removed", it said. Those who still prefer to log in using their Facebook account, meanwhile, can continue to do so.

This has brought into question how private companies are taking advantage of the public information posted to Facebook.

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"Social media has revolutionised and changed the nature of political campaigning globally". But Chang believes that the roots of the boycott are misguided, as the process of a ban is unproductive.

Facebook has apologized with founder Mark Zuckerberg admitting to Congress that it was his personal mistake that he did not do enough to prevent the social media platform from being used for harm.

"While third party fact checking is part of our ongoing efforts to combat spread of false news, we are working hard to improve the accuracy of information on Facebook in various ways", it added. People should log in to Facebook to find out what it's "capturing" about them, he said.

"Social media is eroding democracy", Summers said.

"When I was asked earlier what should be done, well, the users of Facebook should make known their wishes to Facebook itself, that there should be a more partial arbiter of the truth", he said. When you contemplate face recognition that's everywhere, we have to think about what that's going to mean for us.


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