Facebook Moments now available in Europe and Canada, minus Facial Recognition

Moments, the photo app launched by Facebook in July of 2015, is now available in Europe and Canada. The app allows users to privately share photos with select friends, and then informs those friends, via a push notification, that they have new photos to view.

Moments was launched by the social media giant at the middle of last year in the U.S. and other countries with a facial recognition element. However, due to local privacy concerns and regulations, certain countries weren’t included in the rollout.

The most recent version of the app, including the one launching in Europe, does not include this feature, so as to comply with these laws and the company has created a different version of the software to get around these restrictions. Facebook also acknowledged the new edition required “a little bit of work” for users to get the most out of it.

Moment’s core features are that it automatically groups together photos featuring the same friend or friends, and then makes it easy to share the pictures with them if they have installed the same app.

In the original version, the snaps are automatically tagged with people’s names, because Facebook is able to match them to other photos in its wider database.

But data protection watchdogs in the EU and Canada had expressed concern their citizens would have no way to opt out of the process.

To address this, the adapted app now links together photos of similar-looking faces but requires the user to identify who they are.

Moments is available for download in the iTunes App Store and Google Play Store.

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