San Francisco: Giving more power to its
users, Facebook on Monday rolled out a feature that lets them transfer
images directly to Google Photos. The tool is initially being released
in Ireland and will be available globally in the first half of 2020.
photo transfer tool the firm is starting to roll out is based on code
developed through its participation in the open-source "Data Transfer
"Today, we're releasing a tool that will enable
Facebook users to transfer their Facebook photos and videos directly to
other services, starting with Google Photos," Steve Satterfield,
Director of Privacy and Public Policy, wrote in a post.
to the social networking giant, if users share data with one service,
they should be able to move it to another. That's the principle of data
portability, which gives people control and choice while also
"We are currently testing this tool, so
we will continue refining it based on feedback from people using it as
well as from our conversations with stakeholders," Satterfield noted.
The "Data Transfer Project" reportedly also includes firms like Apple, Microsoft, Google, Twitter, among others.
Facebook has said it is starting with Google Photos initially but other services could be included in the future.