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

Facebook's new facial recognition feature finds you in untagged photos

Facebook's new facial recognition feature finds you in untagged photos

Facebook announced on Tuesday that it is releasing a new feature that uses facial recognition to determine when a photo of you has been uploaded, even if you weren't tagged. "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".

"I can also confirm that we do not use this technology in People You May Know". If someone is trying to use your photo as a profile picture, Facebook will give you a notification.

The setting is refreshingly simple within Facebook's app.

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

You'll now get notifications if you're present in a photo uploaded to Facebook, but not tagged in that photo.

The new feature will notify you when a friend uploads a photo of you and does not tag you in it and when someone uses a photo featuring your face for a profile picture. 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.

The same technology is also being used for a new tool that supports people with visual impairments. The new system adds to that, identifying who specifically is in the image, even if they've not been manually tagged first.

The new features are launching worldwide except in Canada and the European Union where Facebook now doesn't offer facial recognition technology.

Since you might not want Facebook's AI out there looking for you, there's also a way to turn it off.

Introduced two years ago, the technology recognises broad object categories like "trees" or "river" and will now be able to read out the names of people in the photos too, provided they Facebook users.

"We are now using various signals (like an IP address) to help us proactively recognize this type of account and prevent its owner from sending a message or friend request to the person who blocked the original account", Antigone Davis, Facebook's global head of safety, wrote in a post .

Facebook says Photo Review is rolling out to most regions, though folks in Canada and the European Union will not get to use it due to data laws that restrict the use of facial recognition.

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