Got photos with Shutterstock? Your pics will be used to train Meta's AI

Shutterstock partners with AI platforms
(Image credit: Shutterstock)

There has been plenty of controversy in the world of AI image generators of late, with details revealing how these generators are trained by datasets containing the images of millions of photographers and creatives without any form of consent (or, indeed, compensation). 

It was even exposed that Adobe is using customers' files to AI tech without first asking users to opt in. And now comes news that Shutterstock has expanded its relationship with Meta (the company behind Facebook and Instagram) and plans to provide content for the group's investment in AI – with plans to use datasets from Shutterstock to develop, train and evaluate Meta's machine-learning capabilities.

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Beth Nicholls
Staff Writer

A staff writer for Digital Camera World, Beth has an extensive background in various elements of technology with five years of experience working as a tester and sales assistant for CeX. After completing a degree in Music Journalism, followed by obtaining a Master's degree in Photography awarded by the University of Brighton, she spends her time outside of DCW as a freelance photographer specialising in live music events and band press shots under the alias 'bethshootsbands'.