Facebook using facial recognition to find photos you're not tagged in

Posted December 20, 2017

Facebook also says there will be an easier on-off switch if you find facial recognition to be more trouble than it's worth.

While there are benefits to the new tool - seeing potentially problematic photos before they spread, being alerted when someone else attempts to use a photo of you as their own profile photo, or simply not missing memories of fun events - some Facebook users are undoubtedly going to be uncomfortable with Facebook taking this matter into its own hands.

If that should change, I am sure Facebook will let us know.

Sherman said regulators "took action on uses that raised concerns - for example, by prohibiting stalking or letting people sue for invasion of privacy - rather than requiring licenses to use "camera technology" or written consent forms before a person could appear in a photo".

There will also be a new on/off switch for all facial recognition features on Facebook.

Today we're announcing new, optional tools to help people better manage their identity on Facebook using face recognition. Our technology analyzes the pixels in photos you're already tagged in and generates a string of numbers we call a template.

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Facebook is introducing new facial recognition features that will automatically notify users when their photo is posted on the social network.

When you are notified, you then have the choice to add your tag to the photo, leave yourself untagged, or report the photo as inappropriate. The idea is to prevent people from impersonating others on the social network. You control whether Facebook can recognize you in photos and videos, and a simple on/off button will appear on your profile.

Facial recognition may make the world safer, or more authoritarian, or just weirder - depending on your perspective.

The newest features start rolling out Tuesday, in all markets where facial recognition features are now allowed on Facebook.

Facebook expanded its facial recognition to help people with vision impairments know who is in photos even if they aren't tagged in the photo, Candela wrote. According to Sherman, this option will "completely turn off face recognition technology" for a user's account. "We've also heard from groups that work with survivors of domestic violence that being able to see messages is often a valuable tool to assess if there is risk of additional abuse".