Facebook develops Facial Recognition app that is used by employees only, according to Report

Today, everyone knows how many privacy scandals Facebook has faced in the past. Apart from it, the famous facial recognition issue is still a hanging sword over Facebook. The company is still facing a lawsuit of $34 billion due to the data misused by the facial recognition app in the Illinois.

However, even the lawsuit cannot stop Facebook from developing new apps. Recently, Facebook was found to be experimenting with a facial recognition app among its employees that lets them identify their friends and family members who have the face recognition technology.

According to Business Insider, the app was built somewhere between 2015 and 2016; however, it is only tested by employees right now. Facebook also argued to introduce facial recognition apps due to privacy breaches. These apps do nothing but increase people’s anxiety due to increased privacy concerns.

Facebook’s spokesperson told CNet that Facebook developers and technologists built new apps every day for internal use and the same is the case with the facial recognition app. It was never released publicly and could only detect employees’ friends and families.

Facebook has been criticized a lot for its facial recognition app in the past. Also, there were some reports back in October about Facebook’s Artificial Intelligence Team created "a method for face de-identification that enables fully automatic video modification at high frame rates.".

Damaging and dangerous, right?


There is also this “de-identification system” that works in live videos and works with the help of machine learning that could change the features of the subject. The face replacement technology can be misused to change the subject, leading to several misleading videos.

There is no technology that is misused and the same is the case with the face replacement technology. Facebook might be only experimenting with the app, but with a lot of criticism, the news can yet again put Facebook in hot water.


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