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Texas Sues Meta Over Facebook’s Dropped Facial-Recognition Tech

Feb. 14, 2022, 8:36 PM

Facebook claims it no longer collects and profits off users’ faces through controversial facial-recognition technology. Texas isn’t buying it.

The state sued Meta Platforms Inc. over claims its Facebook and Instagram platforms are still monetizing people’s faces without their consent, as well as holding onto a facial-geometry database compiled over a decade. Wielding multiple laws that allow for penalties of $25,000 per violation, the state is seeking billions of dollars in its complaint filed Monday.

“These claims are without merit and we will defend ourselves vigorously,” Meta said in a statement.

Facebook announced last year it would stop using facial-recognition ...