How to prevent Meta from using your photos in AI

How to prevent Meta from using your photos in AI

You can ask Meta not to train the company's AI tools on your Instagram or Facebook data; know how

June 17
2024
– 8:57 pm

(Updated at 11:24 p.m.)

There is an alternative to blocking Goal Use your own photos Facebook It's from Instagram To train the company's artificial intelligence models. To do this, you need to open the social network's privacy policy and fill out a form to object to the use of the content – it is worth noting that you have until June 26, 2024 to declare your opposition, so do it soon.

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How to stop Meta from training AI on your images

Meta's privacy policy indicates that the user has the right to object to the use of information shared in the company's services for the development of artificial intelligence.

The quickest way to access the form is through the browser:

  1. Access privacycenter.instagram.com/privacy/genai;
  2. Check whether your Instagram or Facebook account is online or not sign in;
  3. Scroll down to the “Privacy and Generative AI” section;
  4. Click on the “Right to Object” option, highlighted in blue;
  5. Fill out the form with your country of residence, email address, and reason for requesting;
  6. Press “Submit”;
  7. Confirm shipping using the six-digit code received via email.
  8. Access the form to submit the request to Meta (Image: Screenshot/André Magalhäes/Canaltech)

    Access the form to submit the request to Meta (Image: Screenshot/André Magalhäes/Canaltech)

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In the “Tell us how this processing affects you” field, you can indicate that you do not want Meta to use your content for AI training. After sending, Instagram sends an email to confirm receipt and inform you that it has analyzed the request.

As for Instagram, the method is as follows:

  1. Access your profile in the application;
  2. Click on the three-bar icon;
  3. Select “About”;
  4. Access the Privacy Policy;
  5. Select the three-bar icon on the right side;
  6. Open “Policies and other articles”;
  7. Go to “How Meta Uses Information for Generative AI Features and Models”;
  8. Click on “Right to Object” in the “Privacy and Generative AI” category;
  9. Fill out the form.

in Facebook:

  1. Open the Facebook application;
  2. Click on the side menu.
  3. Go to Help and Support and select Terms and Policies;
  4. Click on “Privacy Policy”;
  5. Open the side menu and access “Policies and other articles”;
  6. Enter “How Meta Uses Information for Generative AI Features and Models”;
  7. Click on “Right to Object” in the “Privacy and Generative AI” category;
  8. Submit the form.

What information does Meta collect for AI training?

Meta explains in its privacy policy that it collects information “shared across Meta’s products and services” to train the company’s AI models. This may include:

  • Posts published on meta networks.
  • Posted photos and comments;
  • Text commands are sent to Meta AI.

The creator of Facebook emphasizes that he does not use the content of private messages for training, but he can still collect information even from people who do not have an account on the company's platforms: this can happen, for example, when a person appears in a photo published on the networks or contains information. Another user mentioned it – so the form is recommended even for those who do not use the tools frequently and want increased privacy.

If you don't want your information removed from training, Meta informs you that it has no deadline for getting rid of it: “We retain training data for as long as necessary, on a case-by-case basis, ensuring that the AI ​​model is working correctly, safely and efficiently. We may also retain them to protect our interests or the interests of other people, or to comply with legal obligations,” the company explains in its privacy policy.

Even if you don't object to the use of the data, it is still important Take some precautions when using artificial intelligence: Avoid providing personal data to chatbotas these tools may be subject to manual review, and do not send sensitive documents for review.

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