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

20 December, 2017, 01:24 | Author: Boyd Miller
  • Jeff Wieland, right Facebook director of accessibility watches as engineer Matt King who is blind demonstrates facial recognition technology via a teleconference at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park Calif

In line with ongoing advancements in facial recognition technology, Facebook will do this even if you're not tagged. 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 new features debuting will be available everywhere except Europe and Canada, where privacy regulators have previously raised objections to Facebook's auto photo tagging feature, Sherman said.

Facebook is tearing down another wall this week as the company has revealed a new feature that will automatically let users know when they appear in a photo or video... even if they weren't actually tagged in the first place. You can view it to confirm and tag yourself, ignore it, report it, or message the poster to have words about the photo.

Facebook is also using facial recognition to create new tools for those with visual impairments.

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In addition to improved identity management, Facebook is also introducing a way for people who are visually impaired to know more about who is in the photos they encounter on Facebook. If you set this feature to "off", Facebook won't be able to recognize you in photos and videos.

Soon, the Facebook app will have an opt-in toggle for the facial recognition alert. 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.

"You're in control of your image on Facebook and can make choices such as whether to tag yourself, leave yourself untagged, or reach out to the person who posted the photo if you have concerns about it", Joaquin Quiñonero Candela, director of applied machine learning at Facebook, wrote in a post Tuesday . The idea is to prevent people from impersonating others on the social network. The exception to this rule, however, is if someone uploads a photo of you as their profile picture. According to Sherman, this option will "completely turn off face recognition technology" for a user's account.

Facebook's use of facial recognition will be governed by an on / off switch.


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