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  • Meta will use your data to train its AI models unless you explicitly opt out.
  • Opting out, however, is a very convoluted process, which appears intentional in minimizing the number of users who don’t contribute to data scraping.
  • We have steps included for opting out, but set aside a while to complete them.

It seems you can’t turn around without hearing about something related to AI these days. Being the latest buzzword, every large tech company is racing to get its feet in the AI waters, with sometimes hilarious (and scary) results, such as Google’s recent AI Overview snafus. The problem with generative AI, though, is that models need to train on something, and that invariably ends up being data created by you, me, and everyone you know.

Case in point: Meta is now scraping Facebook posts to train its AI model. While this isn’t surprising on its own, what is surprising is just how difficult Meta is making it for users to opt out of this process.