Facebook weighs adding facial recognition to smart glasses


Facebook is weighing whether to add facial recognition technology to the smart glasses it’s developing, one top executive says. The tech titan plans to have a public discussion about the feature’s “pros and cons” in light of the ethical concerns it raises, according to Andrew Bosworth, the head of the company’s virtual and augmented reality division. “It’s really a debate we need to have with the public,” Bosworth said during a Thursday Q&A on his Instagram page. “If people don’t want this technology, we don’t have to supply it. The product’s going to be fine either way.” Bosworth spoke up publicly after BuzzFeed News reported that Facebook was examining whether it could legally build facial recognition features into the high-tech glasses it’s planning to roll out later this year.

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