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Meta intends to utilize posts from Facebook and Instagram for AI training purposes.
Meta intends to utilize posts from Facebook and Instagram for AI training purposes.

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Meta intends to utilize posts from Facebook and Instagram for AI training purposes.

Digital rights organizations have criticized Meta’s plans to utilize public posts and images from Facebook and Instagram to train its artificial intelligence (AI) tools.

Under new privacy policy changes set to take effect on June 26, Meta will use users’ information, including public posts, images, comments, and Stories, to develop and enhance its AI products.

Meta plans to use Facebook and Instagram posts to train AI

Noyb, an advocacy group for digital rights in Europe, has filed complaints with 11 data protection authorities across the continent, urging them to intervene and stop Meta’s plans, calling it an “abuse of personal data for AI.

” However, Meta maintains that its approach complies with privacy laws and is consistent with industry standards.

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The company states that European user data will contribute to the development of AI experiences that reflect the diverse cultures and languages of European communities.

Critics have also raised concerns about how Meta has informed users of these changes, with some finding the opt-out process cumbersome and inadequate.

Max Schrems, co-founder of Noyb, argues that Meta should seek users’ consent rather than requiring them to opt-out, labeling the current approach as “absurd.

” Meta defends its process as legally compliant and similar to practices used by its competitors.

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Despite objections or opt-outs, Meta may still use some user information for its AI products, particularly if individuals appear in publicly shared images on Facebook or Instagram.

The Irish Data Protection Commission is investigating Noyb’s complaint against Meta for potential violations of EU data law.

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