The new tool is being rolled out in Ireland on 2nd December and can be accessed in Facebook settings within Your Facebook Information.
Facebook has been working on different portability options for years to let users download their Facebook data at any moment, directly. And after working for the past few months, Facebook has actually announced a different kind of tool – one that allows users to transfer their photos and videos directly to other services. The first of these services is Google Photos.
Steve Satterfield, Director of Privacy and Public Policy at Facebook, wrote in a blog post announcing the feature:
The main factor with data portability tools is that they have to be genuinely useful to the end-user. It is already possible for people to download all of the data that Facebook holds on them as a single archive file.
Facebook says it has “kept privacy and security as top priorities, so all data transferred will be encrypted and people will be asked to enter their password before a transfer is initiated.” The company also says that the tool is still being tested and will refine it “based on feedback from people using it,” as well as from “conversations with stakeholders.”
The new data transfer tool is currently available in Ireland as part of the pilot phase, and Facebook is committed to putting it out globally in early 2020.