Recently, Meta announced that they would be shutting down Facebook’s facial recognition system and also deleting all associated data. It sounds like a good move, especially since the company’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg is trying to rebrand the company and give it a better look from before where they were inundated with privacy scandals one after the other.
However, Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen thinks that governments should be skeptical of the company’s claims and that they should definitely check to see if Facebook did what they said they were going on.
According to Haugen, “I strongly encourage government oversight. When they say we’ve got rid of this, what does that actually mean. There has to be more transparency on how these operations work to make sure they actually follow through.” For those unfamiliar, Haugen is a whistleblower who shared a treasure trove of data on Facebook and the company’s inner workings to the SEC and The Wall Street Journal.
That being said, we suppose we can’t really know for sure if Facebook did what they promised, so until we see evidence that suggests otherwise, the only thing we can do is hope for a third-party to confirm it, or take Facebook at their word.