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Texas bans Instagram filters after the state of Texas sued Meta, Instagram’s parent company, for allegedly using facial recognition technology that is illegal and violates Texans’ privacy rights.

Texas bans Instagram filters over privacy concerns

The company previously used facial recognition technology, but that was discontinued in November 2021. Texas bans Instagram filters claiming that the company’s social media platforms like Instagram contain facial recognition technology without their knowledge. Texas bans Instagram filters, but color filters that change the color or background of the photo are still available.

Texas bans Instagram filters after the state of Texas sued Meta, Instagram's parent company, for allegedly using facial recognition technology that is illegal and violates Texans' privacy rights.
Texas bans Instagram filters, claiming Instagram contains facial recognition technology without their knowledge.

A lawsuit was filed against Facebook in Texas in February, but no settlement was reached or reached. A settlement was reached in Illinois, and the disabling of filters in Texas is a result. The Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act prohibits the use of facial recognition technology without permission. Recently Instagram started testing NFTs, Texas could also ban it.

Texas bans Instagram filters after the state of Texas sued Meta, Instagram's parent company, for allegedly using facial recognition technology that is illegal and violates Texans' privacy rights.
Texas bans Instagram filters

Meta announced Wednesday that some filters would no longer be available in Texas, but denies Paxton’s claims.

The company sent this statement:

“The technology we use to power augmented reality effects, such as avatars and filters, is not facial recognition or any technology falling under the laws of Texas and Illinois and is not used to identify anyone. Nonetheless, we are taking this step to prevent baseless and distracting litigation under the laws of those two states based on mischaracterization of how our features operate. We remain committed to delivering AR experiences that people love and that a diverse roster of developers leverage to grow their business without unnecessary friction or confusion.”

Texas bans Instagram filters after the state of Texas sued Meta, Instagram's parent company, for allegedly using facial recognition technology that is illegal and violates Texans' privacy rights.
Meta announced Wednesday that some filters would no longer be available in Texas

The company also announced that it will soon be releasing an “opt-in experience that explains how AR effects placement works,” with a goal of resuming operations in Texas across apps and devices.

By the way, did you know that the Meta AR glasses will reportedly be launched in 2024?