Facebook Moments launches in the EU

Facebook has launched its facial-recognition photos app in Europe and Canada – without facial recognition.
The program – Moments – was released in some countries in 2015, but withheld elsewhere because of local data privacy rules.

Now Facebook has created a new version of the app that just links together photos of people who look similar. It still requires the person using Moments to say who each person is, and those labels will be kept private to each user.

Moments works like Google Photos, which has already launched around the world but without its facial recognition features in many places. Both are intended as a way of grouping up photos and then sharing them with the people involved – a process that is largely helped by recognising the people in photos. And like Google Photos, it is intended to let people share in private – taking on messaging apps like WhatsApp more than it is public Facebook posts.