Facebook's New Facial Recognition Feature Finds You in Untagged Photos

Facebook's New Facial Recognition Feature Finds You in Untagged Photos

Facebook's New Facial Recognition Feature Finds You in Untagged Photos

Facebook's facial recognition works by analyzing the pixels in a photo you're tagged in and creating a string of numbers called a template to identify your face.

The feature builds on technology Facebook already uses to suggest tags or labels for people in photos users post.

Both features will be turned on-or-off via a single toggle in Facebook's settings, Candela said.

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Candela went on to say that Facebook will respect the privacy setting people select when posting a photo, meaning "you won't receive a notification if you're not in the audience".

Just a heads up.

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. However, Facebook notes that if your tag suggestions setting is now set to "none", then your default face recognition setting will be set to "off" and will remain that way until you decide to change it. The exception to this rule, however, is if someone uploads a photo of you as their profile picture.

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"The words "face recognition" can make some people feel uneasy, conjuring dystopian scenes from science fiction", wrote Rob Sherman, Facebook's deputy chief privacy officer.

"Now, if you're in a photo and are part of the audience for that post, we'll notify you, even if you haven't been tagged", Facebook Director of Applied Machine Learning Joaquin QuiƱonero Candela explained in a Tuesday blog post. We're also introducing a way for people who are visually impaired to know more about who is in the photos they encounter on Facebook. We're doing this to prevent people from impersonating others on Facebook. The new tool will notify you when you appear in media and allow you to decide if you want to tag yourself, remain untagged or even reach out to the person that posted the photo or video with any concerns you may have. Apple replaced its fingerprint reader with a facial recognition camera to unlock its latest iPhone, and also uses facial recognition to sort photos. The post is titled: " Hard Questions: Should I Be Afraid of Face Recognition Technology? .

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