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Texans lose ability to use filters on Instagram

KVEO Brownsville logo KVEO Brownsville 5/11/2022 Victoria Lopez
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RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas (ValleyCentral) - Following a lawsuit against Meta, Texans will no longer have access to filters on Instagram.

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As of May 11, Meta, Instagram’s parent company, has removed the ability to use certain filters as a result of Texas’ facial recognition laws.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit against Meta claiming the company misused facial recognition technology.

Paxton stated that the filters broke the Texas Capture or Use of Biometric Identifier Act as they learn a user’s face and tags them without consent.

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Due to the act’s outlines, any filters using facial geometry can not be used within state lines.

Filters that only change the image color or background will still be available.

Texans are not alone in this ban, as Illinois users are also not allowed to use augmented reality filters due to the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act.

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The Texas lawsuit against Facebook was filed in February 2022, a settlement or decision has not been made.

However, the disabling of the filters in Texas was done as a result of the settlement made in Illinois. 

ValleyCentral has reached out to Meta for a statement regarding the lawsuit.

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