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Facebook just debuted a new tool that lets users transfer their photos and videos from Facebook to other online services.

To begin things with, the tool will allow users to transfer their Facebook photos and videos directly to Google Photos.

That’s all good but why has Facebook suddenly delved into creating a data transferring tool? Well, it’s not out of nowhere. The photo transfer tool that is being developed and tested now is based on code that was developed during the open source Data Transfer Project — a joint effort started last year backed by Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Twitter who have committed to build “a common framework with open-source code that can connect any two online service providers, enabling a seamless, direct, user initiated portability of data between the two platforms”.

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blog post by Facebook’s Director of Privacy and Public Policy, Steve Satterfield also claims that transfer to more services will be added soon.

Facebook has been looking into data transferring tools for a while now, seeking feedback from stakeholders in UK, Germany, Brazil, Singapore and more.

The tool will first be available in Ireland from today and Facebook plans to have a global roll out sometime in the first half of 2020.

“We are currently testing this tool, so we will continue refining it based on feedback from people using it as well as from our conversations with stakeholders,” Satterfield adds.

Facebook is encouraging other companies to also participate in making tools that will allow users to seamlessly transfer data between services. If you are in Ireland, you can test out the tool here today.

Even though I wouldn’t take the social media platform’s word on it, but Facebook promises that the tool will have security and privacy features built in such as encrypted data transfer, password verification and more.

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