While Facebook is more or less a social media platform, it has also been a hub for photos for many many users. Photos sourced from events, collected from family pages and so on can be found on more than a few people’s galleries, and now the fir is making it easier to just copy all those pics over to a more friendly place like Google Photos or Microsoft’s OneDrive.
This is going to be done through an extension of the Facebook data download tool, where users could typically grab data like messages, contacts and posts. From today, selected users will be able to simply download their photos and nothing but.
Users in Ireland will have access to the tool fist, but the firm plans to roll it out worldwide by the end of the first half of 2020.
“We want to build practical portability solutions people can trust and use effectively. To foster that trust, people and online services need clear rules about what kinds of data should be portable and who is responsible for protecting that data as it moves to different services. We hope this product can help advance conversations on the privacy questions we identified in our white paper. We know we can’t do this alone, so we encourage other companies to join the Data Transfer Project to expand options for people and continue to push data portability innovation forward.” Facebook’s Steve Satterfield, Director of Privacy and Public Policy said on Monday.