Facebook has started the testing of a new tool, which allows its users to transfer their videos and photos to other online services as there was pressure on Facebook by regulators to loosen its hold on the data. The latest tool of this social networking site will let the people move their images and videos right away to their competitor’s platforms such as google photos.
Facebook said that it is planning to roll out this new tool worldwide in the first half of 2020. But before that, the option to choose this tool is first available in Ireland and based on the feedback of the users, it will be refined.
Facebook mentioned in a blog that the data that a user wants to transfer is encrypted and needs to enter a password before the initiation of the data transfer.
The European and US regulators were examining the control of Facebook on its user’s data, such as images, videos, and trying to find out if the company is limiting the choice of its customers. In response, Mark Zuckerberg has called for some new rules to address the issue of portability.
In September, Facebook said that in support of portability, it is working on a new portability tool that can make users transfer data to other platforms. The company discussed with the regulators, academics, and policymakers in Germany, UK, Singapore, and Brazil about how to protect the privacy of the data and which data should be given portability.
A bill introduced by United States Senators Richard Blumenthal, Mark Warner, and Josh Hawley requiring social media platforms with more than 100 million active members a month should allow its users to port or transfer their data to another social networking platform.