Facebook started testing a tool on Monday that lets users move their images more easily to other online services, as it faces pressure from regulators to loosen its grip on data.
It is part of a drive by Facebook to increase data portability in order to give users better control over their own information.
It has been developed as part of the Data Transfer Project an open-source, service-to-service data portability platform created to enable all individuals across the web to easily move their data between online service providers whenever they want.
"We know we can't do this alone, so we encourage other companies to join the Data Transfer Project to expand options for people and continue to push data portability innovation forward", Mr Satterfield said. So that means that Facebook's tool could potentially work with, say, Microsoft's OneDrive or Apple's iCloud.
'We've 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, ' Mr Satterfield said. It comes as part of Facebook's participation in the open-source Data Transfer Project and the ability to transfer to other services will be added soon.
This tool isn't being offered in a vacuum.
Facebook says that this photo transfer tool is rolling out from today, although it's still being tested, and will be further honed based on feedback from users.
Many smaller businesses use the Facebook Photos feature as a media storage hub as a free DAM. It plans to make it available worldwide in the first half of 2020.