The Data Transfer Project is open standard for arranging data in a common format so users could easily move their information from one platform to another.
Now, however, Facebook is building on "the principle of data portability, which gives people control and choice while also encouraging innovation". Now is the time for Facebook to shine by moving faster with its personal data export mandate.More news: Titans Keys to the Game for Indianapolis Colts
"The photo transfer tool can be accessed in the Your Facebook Information section of the app's settings".
The new image transfer tool will let users copy all their photos and videos from Facebook to Google Photos, and eventually other social networking sites.
We want to build practical portability solutions people can trust and use effectively. The tool is based on code developed through the company's participation in the Data Transfer Project, a collaborative, open-source platform supported by Apple, Facebook, Google, Windows, and Twitter.More news: Jets plummet back to Earth, fall to previously winless Bengals
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. The idea is an internet where eventually, people aren't locked into a single platform and can move their data freely from one service to the next.
'We are now testing this tool, so we will continue refining it based on feedback from people using it as well as from our conversations with stakeholders'.
"We've learned from our conversations with policymakers, regulators, academics, advocates and others that real-world use cases and tools will help drive policy discussions forward", Mr Satterfield said.More news: Dad of London Bridge victim says son was attractive spirit
The tool will then be rolled out worldwide in the first half of 2020.