Briefing

Facebook tests letting users move their photos to rival platform

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The social network is experimenting with a “data portability” feature that makes it easier for users in Ireland to move their photos and videos to other platforms, starting with Google Photos. Facebook said it could expand the service to other countries and platforms. (The Logic)

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Talking point: The move comes as the company faces antitrust investigations in the U.S. and Europe. Critics say Facebook has too much control over user data—on which it relies to fuel its advertising business—and suggest easy data portability would give users more choice over what platforms to use. The new photo-sharing tool is based on code the company developed through the Data Transfer Project—fellow participants Apple, Google, Microsoft and Twitter have committed to “enabling a seamless, direct, user initiated portability of data” between platforms. At this point, Facebook’s data-sharing tool only benefits another tech giant that’s also facing a slew of antitrust probes. On Saturday, the EU’s antitrust regulators said they were investigating Google’s data collection, and the U.K. competition watchdog is reviewing its acquisition of cloud data analytics company Looker.