According to reports, people who reside in Illinois and Texas are now able to have extra privacy when it comes to social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram. The news comes following a plethora of lawsuits filed throughout the years over the state’s privacy laws.
This means that Instagram and Facebook will disable their
“augmented reality filters”
which include facial recognition. The CNET reports that this was prompted after the rise of an Illinois lawsuit
“that was filed against a facial recognition company for selling information to private companies,”
Meta, who is the parent company of both Instagram and Facebook, decided to remove their augmented reality filters in those states to avoid a
“meritless and distracting litigation.”
The parent company also noted that they will offer an
option for users who want to have access to this feature, yet, the company wants the state’s users to know that the augmented reality filters have nothing to do with facial recognition and it’s more related to avatars and filters.
“The technology we use to power augmented reality effects like avatars and filters is not facial recognition or any technology covered by the Texas and Illinois laws, and is not used to identify anyone,”
said a spokesperson.
#Clique, what are your thoughts?