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Instagram, Facebook AR filters no longer available for app users in Texas

Augmented filters for Instagram have been taken off for the state of Texas by Meta, parent...
Augmented filters for Instagram have been taken off for the state of Texas by Meta, parent company for Facebook and Instagram.(Pexels)
Published: May. 12, 2022 at 1:30 PM CDT
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WACO, Texas (KWTX) - Augmented filters for Instagram and Facebook have been removed for app users in the state of Texas by Meta, parent company for Facebook and Instagram.

Augmented Filters (AR) are computer-generated effects designed to be imposed by real-life images. People use these filters on Instagram by swiping to their camera for a story and pressing the bottom bottom for a face filter where they can search for one or have one saved to press it to get blue dots on their face to begin the filter.

Some popular ones include the dog face filter and the flower crown that were introduced by Snapchat, a social media platform.

Dog Filter
Dog Filter(Snapchat)

Meta is temporarily shutting down its AR filters and avatars in the state to prevent “meritless and distracting litigation,” as reported by CNET.

This is due, in part, to the February 14 lawsuit filed Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton who accused Meta “for capturing and using the biometric data of millions of Texans without properly obtaining their informed consent to do so, in violation of Texas law.”

“The company repeatedly captured biometric identifiers without consent billions of times, in knowing violation of Texas’ Capture or Use of Biometric Identifier Act and the Deceptive Trade Practices Act,” said Paxton in a statement.

A similar lawsuit was done in Illinois against Clearview AI, a facial recognition company that was selling its database to private companies.

AR effects are also turned off across Messenger, Messenger Kids, Facebook and Portal in both Texas and Illinois.

“We are taking this step to prevent meritless and distracting litigation under laws in these two states based on a mischaracterization of how the features work,” Meta said.

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