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Facebook announces new tool for transferring images and videos to Google Photos

Facebook has started testing a tool that lets users move their images more easily to other online services, as it faces pressure from regulators to loosen its grip on data.

In 2018, tech giants joined forces to launch a new initiative called the Data Transfer Project.

Facebook has allowed members to download their data since 2010.

'That's the principle of data portability, which gives people control and choice while also encouraging innovation'.

It has been developed as part of the Data Transfer Project an open-source, service-to-service data portability platform created to enable all individuals across the web to easily move their data between online service providers whenever they want.

More news: Facebook data tool makes transferring to Google Photos a whole lot easier

The social giant posted a buff PR piece that says it is building on the decade-old project to allow users offloading of their information from Facebook, whether because they chose to close their account, or for backup purposes.

Facebook's upcoming Google Photos export tool is the company's first tool built on the Data Transfer Project (DTP) framework.

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. It's a new system created to allow seamless data transfer across all the popular online platforms.

"For example, a company using the Data Transfer Project framework can send an existing data type to a new service by simply creating a new Data Transfer Project importer for that data type", said Software developer William Morland.

"We believe the Data Transfer Project shows that industry-led solutions can help make data portability a reality", Mr Satterfield said.



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