Amazon pauses police use of its facial recognition software

Amazon said Wednesday that it was putting a one-year pause on letting police use its facial recognition tool, in a major sign of the growing concerns that the technology may lead to unfair treatment of African Americans.

The technology giant did not explain its reasoning in its brief blog post about the change, but the move came amid the nationwide protests over racism and biased policing. Amazon’s technology had been criticized in the past for misidentifying people of color.