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  • Writer's pictureSarah Ruivivar

Meta Allows Users to Control AI Training Data

Updated: Oct 31, 2023

Ever wondered how much control you have over your personal data that tech giants use to train their artificial intelligence (AI) models?

Well, if you're a Facebook user, there's good news for you! Meta, Facebook's parent company, has just given you a bit more control.

In a recent update, Meta introduced a form titled "Generative AI Data Subject Rights" in its Facebook help centre. This form allows users to submit requests related to their third-party information being used for generative AI model training.

This move comes as generative AI technology is gaining momentum across the tech industry, with companies creating advanced chatbots and transforming simple text into sophisticated answers and images.

So, what does this mean for you? You now have the option to access, alter, or delete any personal data from various third-party data sources used by Meta to train its large language and related AI models. Meta defines third-party information as data that is publicly available on the internet or licensed sources.

However, it's important to note that this form doesn't account for a user's activity on Meta-owned properties, such as Facebook comments or Instagram photos. So, it's still possible that the company could potentially use such first-party data to train its generative AI models.

To delete some of your Facebook data used for training generative AI models, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the “Generative AI Data Subject Rights” form on Meta’s privacy policy page about generative AI.

  2. Click the link that says "Learn more and submit requests here."

  3. Choose the option that best describes your request.

The first option allows you to access, download, or correct any of your personal information that was collected from external sources and used to train generative AI models. The second option allows you to delete any of your personal information from third-party data sources used for training. The third option is for people who "have a different issue."

Once you have chosen an option, you will need to complete a security check. After that, Meta will review your request and take appropriate action.

In a world where data privacy is a growing concern, Meta's move is a step towards giving users more control over their personal data. However, some users have reported difficulties in completing the form due to a software bug. Despite this, it's a step in the right direction, and hopefully, other tech giants will follow suit.

So, if you're keen to take control of your personal data, head over to the "Generative AI Data Subject Rights" form on Meta's privacy policy page and make your choices known.

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