Facebook on Monday began testing a device that allows users to easily transfer their images to other online services, as it faces pressure from regulators to loosen its grip on data. The social network’s new tool will allow people to transfer their photos and videos directly to competing platforms, starting with Google Photos. The company said it would be available to people in Ireland for the first time and would be refined based on user feedback.
US and European regulators are looking at Facebook’s control of personal data, such as images, to see if the tech giant’s dominance is competition and limiting choice for consumers. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has reacted by calling for new rules to address “data portability” and other issues.
Facebook said that as it worked on a new set of data portability tools, it discussed with policymakers, regulators and academics in the UK, Germany, Brazil and Singapore what data should be portable and privacy How to protect
The company is developing products that “take into account the feedback we receive and will help advance data and portability policies, providing a tool for people and experts to assess,” privacy and public policy Director Steve Sterfield said in a blog post.