Facebook released its Moments app for easy sharing of photos from particular events with friends and people who are in the pictures or were present at that event. The new Facebook app is available for Android and iOS and is quite simple and useful.
Facebook makes sharing easier
On opening, the app shows events clubbed together and tagged with time-specific metadata of photos. If the app identifies any of the people in the photo, then it will suggest that the user share it with the person in the picture. However, even if the app cannot recognize the people, the user can also share the image by selecting friends manually.
Why Facebook attempted such an app is because users do not share a bundle of photos from the phone. However, once the new app recognize the faces of friends in the picture, it will organize them into one folder which then can be sent with just one click.
Not all may like the app
Though the app is useful, a user needs to download yet another Facebook app, which can be quite irksome for users who want one portal to do it all for them. If the other person has not yet installed the Moments app onto his or her Android or iOS app, then first a notification suggesting the new Facebook app is sent. So if they want to see the photo, the Moments app must be installed. It seems like Facebook is inspired by Google’s strategy as the internet firm offers every service as a standalone app.
Also this app definitely is not for those who find Facebook’s facial recognition app weird and irksome as this is just an addition to the whole lot of Facebook apps such as Messenger for instant communication and Instagram for public photo sharing. Users concerned about privacy may not look forward to this app.
Alvaro Bedoya, executive director on the Center on Privacy and Tech at Georgetown Law, told USA Today that the issue “isn’t the facial recognition, but the fact that users have to opt in to not have it used.” Bedoya feels that for some time, Facebook has pushed facial recognition as default, whereas other services ask for permission to turn it on. Bedoya feels it is a cool feature but that people must have a choice to turn it on or off.