You Can Manage Your Identity on Facebook Using Face Recognition

You Can Manage Your Identity on Facebook Using Face Recognition

You Can Manage Your Identity on Facebook Using Face Recognition

Photos you just happen to be in that nobody was ever even going to try to tag you in.

These new features are powered by the same face-recognition technology Facebook uses to suggest friends you might want to tag in photos and videos.

Facebook will also notify you when someone else uses a photo of you for a profile picture. It applies only to newly posted photos, and only those with privacy settings that make an image visible to you.

He said the new feature give users more control by informing them when their photo has been posted. We always respect the privacy setting people select when posting a photo on Facebook (whether that's friends, public or a custom audience), so you won't receive a notification if you're not in the audience.

Facebook has today announced that it has added face recognition to the optional tools that help people better manage their identity on the social network. It's harder if the possible pool is more than a billion people, a.k.a. Facebook's entire user base. Given that potential creepiness, and our longstanding interest in how People You May Know actually works, a Facebook spokesperson pre-emptively sent us a note about the facial recognition tool.

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You won't be granted the same level of control over this feature as you get with Facebook's labyrinthine privacy settings, though, as the option merely comes with a "simple on/off switch" that will shut down the whole feature.

Facebook is also using facial recognition to create new tools for those with visual impairments. The goal of the scanning, according to Facebook, is to alert you if someone has publicly uploaded a photo of you that you don't know about, especially if they are trying to impersonate you.

But Facebook doesn't shy from explaining that this service could also be used to catch people who are using photos for less-than-wholesome purposes, such as using your photo as their Facebook profile photo.

Unfortunately, the feature is not rolling out to Canada and the European Union where Facebook doesn't now offer face recognition technology.

"We're doing this to prevent people from impersonating others on Facebook", Candela wrote. However, he argued against strict regulation of facial recognition technology, comparing current fears to similar concerns in the late 1800s over cameras.

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