Facebook will now let you transfer all pics and video to another platform

Facebook is allowing users to transfer all their pictures and video to Google Photos as of today.

A new data transfer tool, which will move all media directly in a single download, has just launched in the UK.

It has been in use in Ireland since last year.

The social network says the tool supports the idea of data portability, which gives users the freedom to move their data between different platforms as they wish.

This is now a right under the General Data Protection Regulation, the new data laws introduced by the EU in 2018.

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"At Facebook , we believe that if you share data with one service, you should be able to move it to another," a spokesman said.

"That's the principle of data portability, which gives people control and choice while also encouraging innovation."

You can transfer your snaps and video by going to your Facebook settings.

The new tool can be found alongside an existing tool which allows users to download a copy of all the information Facebook has linked to them.

"People can access this new tool in Facebook settings within Your Facebook Information, the same place where you can download your information," the spokesman continued.

"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."

The tool has been developed through a collaborative open-source scheme known as the Data Transfer Project.

The group also includes Apple, Google, Microsoft and Twitter , and aims to create more tools allowing users to move their data between platforms.

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