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Facebook built a facial recognition app in 2015

Facebook, the social media giant, has always been in the news, for both: good and bad reasons. The company is always questioned about its privacy issues. The company announced that it was experimenting with facial recognition technology among its employees. The experiment allowed the employees to recognize their colleagues by pointing cameras at them.

Facebook admitted that the app was built around 2015- 2016 but the app was never released. “As a way to learn about new technologies, our teams regularly build apps to use internally. The app described here were only available to Facebook employees, and could only recognize employees and their friends who had face recognition enabled.” said a Facebook spokesperson.

As per Business Insider’s sources, the app had a very primitive interface. It displayed the Facebook username and profile picture of a person within three to five seconds of pointing the smartphone’s camera at them.

According to the company, the app was developed before the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Earlier this year, the company finally changed its facial recognition settings to make it easier for users to opt-out of face-recognizing photo tags. That feature, which Facebook originally labeled “tag suggestions,” is currently the subject of a multi-billion-dollar lawsuit

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