Why is data-hungry Facebook ditching its facial recognition function?

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For years, Facebook has been in trouble for a feature designed to help us tag the faces of our friends in photos we post. Now, in an out-of-character move for a company known for its eagerness to harvest user data, Facebook has announced that it’s abolishing the controversial facial recognition function that automatically tagged people in photos. Stored data identifying the faces of more than a billion people will now be deleted, the online network says. So why is Facebook giving up one of the social media platform’s best-known features? Facebook says it’s because there are many concerns over …

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