USA and European regulators have been examining Facebook's control of personal data such as images as they look into whether the tech giant's dominance is stifling competition and limiting choice for consumers.
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. As mentioned, the utility is now only available to those in Ireland, with wider (worldwide) availability planned for the first half of 2020.
Facebook has allowed members to download their data since 2010.
It was built as part of the open-source Data Transfer Project - a technology partnership between major social networking and digital companies created to make information hosted on one social media service available on other services.
"The photo transfer tool can be accessed in the Your Facebook Information section of the app's settings".
"We want to build practical portability solutions people can trust and use effectively", said Mr Sattterfield.
As of now, Facebook says the open-source tool to transfer your photos is only available to some users in Ireland but will be introduced to the rest of the world in early 2020.
Lawmakers in the USA are pushing a bill that will improve online data portability.
All data transfers will be encrypted and users will be asked for a password before the transfer is initiated, the company said in a blog post.
'We are excited to be putting this first tool out and look forward to working with even more experts and companies, especially startups and new platforms, as this project continues to expand'.