Last July, Facebook teamed up with other online technology giants, such as Google, to help customers more easily transfer data between online services through a data transfer program (DTP).As part of the plan, Facebook today announced a new tool that allows users to move their photos and videos directly to third-party services.
The new data portability tool is currently only available to Irish users for testing. Facebook started the testing phase today by allowing Irish users to transfer their media content to Google photos. The tool is planned to be launched globally in the first half of 2020, but it is not clear what other services it supports.
Users can access the tool in the same location in Facebook settings. Facebook also said it had encrypted all data transferred. The tool is still under development, and Facebook said it will continue to gather feedback from users and their stakeholders. Two months ago, the company released a white paper to address privacy and data portability issues between online services.