Last July, Facebook partnered with other online technology giants, such as Google, to help customers more easily transfer data between online services through data transfer projects (DTP). As part of the program, Facebook today announced a new tool that lets users move their photos and videos directly to third-party services.
The new data portability tool is currently only available to Irish users for testing, and Facebook has begun the testing phase by allowing Irish users to transfer their media content to Google Photos today. The tool is scheduled to be rolled out globally in the first half of 2020, though it is unclear which other services it supports.
Users can access the tool from the same location in Facebook settings. Facebook also said it had encrypted all data transferred. The tool is still under development, and Facebook says it will continue to gather feedback from users and their stakeholders. Two months ago, the company released a white paper aimed at addressing privacy and data portability issues between online services.