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Facebook to Shut Down Facial Recognition System, Delete 1 Billion Face Images

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MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — Facebook said it will shut down its face-recognition system and delete the faceprints of more than 1 billion people.

“This change will represent one of the largest shifts in facial recognition usage in the technology’s history,” said a blog post Tuesday from Jerome Pesenti, vice president of artificial intelligence for Facebook’s new parent company, Meta. “More than a third of Facebook’s daily active users have opted in to our Face Recognition setting and are able to be recognized, and its removal will result in the deletion of more than a billion people’s individual facial recognition templates.”

He said the company was trying to weigh the positive use cases for the technology “against growing societal concerns, especially as regulators have yet to provide clear rules.”

More than a third of Facebook’s daily active users have opted in to have their faces recognized by the social network’s system. That’s about 640 million people.

Facebook had already been scaling back its use of facial recognition after introducing it more than a decade ago.

The company in 2019 ended its practice of using face recognition software to identify users’ friends in uploaded photos and automatically suggesting they “tag” them. Facebook was sued in Illinois over the tag suggestion feature.

Some U.S. cities have moved to ban the use of facial recognition software by police and other municipal departments. In 2019, San Francisco became the first U.S. city to outlaw the technology, which has long alarmed privacy and civil liberties advocates.

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Police Investigating Crash in Berkeley

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BERKELEY (CBS SF) — Police in Berkeley are asking motorists to avoid the intersection of Ashby Avenue and Sacramento Street due to a collision on Sunday morning.

The intersection will be closed for until at about 10:30 a.m. for an investigation, and traffic will be detoured, police said in an advisory at 7:35 a.m.

Information about injuries in the crash was not immediately available.

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Dutch Impose New Tighter Lockdown Amid Spiking Infections

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The Netherlands has moved into a tougher lockdown that was announced amid spiking infection rates even before the country recorded its first confirmed cases of the new, more highly transmissible omicron variant.

Original Post: seattletimes.com

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Heavy Rainfall, Holiday Travel May Slow Sunday Traffic in Northwest Washington

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The usual slowdowns drivers encounter at the end of the Thanksgiving weekend may be worse than usual this year, due to flood watches in Whatcom, Skagit, Snohomish and King counties, as well as the Olympic Peninsula.

Article: seattletimes.com

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