Meta will start training its AI models using everyone’s social media posts though European Union users can opt out, a luxury the rest of the world won’t enjoy. The AI training rules kick in worldwide on June 26.

Meta has so far not included its European userbase in its AI training data, presumably to avoid legal conflict with the continent’s privacy regulations. Now it’s pushing ahead with that despite complaints.

As training AI from user data is doubtlessly going to be contentious in Europe, Meta has attempted to cover itself in two ways. Firstly, when it says “public content,” Meta means posts, comments, photos, and other content posted on its social media platforms by users over the age of 18. Private messages are, apparently, strictly verboten from the training data.


I don’t have a FB or Instagram account, I only use Whatsapp because it’s work related.

  • morgunkorn@discuss.tchncs.de
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    I received an email for both my personal and for my work account. They link a form that you have to fill in to justify why you don’t want your information to be used for that purpose, and how it would affect you. So quite a lot of work to opt-out.

    But I took the time to write something, if you wish to copy it for your own opting-out, feel free!


    Please explain how this will affect you. (required)

    I consider products based on generative artificial intelligence to be unethical, harmful to society and environmentally destructive. My personal data must not be used to encourage this unbridled race.

    Please provide us with any additional information that may help us to review your objection. (Optional)

    Human creativity needs to be treasured, and automating artistic expression is shameful. Automatically generated images and texts are soulless, and if no one has made the effort to write or draw something, I don’t see the point in spending time reading or admiring it.

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      14 days ago

      I replied something along the lines of “it infringes my rights as a EU citizen granted to me by GDPR” and immediately got a reply that it got accepted.

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        I also got a response instantly, it’s probably just saved and if they ever run into issues they’ll use whatever you wrote. I don’t care, I never post there, it was for the sake of opting out