Wednesday, 24 October, 2018

Facebook just added a simple 'on/off switch' for its facial recognition features

Facebook to Notify Users When Facebook just added a simple 'on/off switch' for its facial recognition features
Eleanor Moreno | 20 December, 2017, 01:35

Facebook is rolling out a new feature using its facial-recognition technology to help solve this problem. Users will then have the option of tagging themselves, remaining untagged or reaching out to the person who posted the photo if there are concerns.

"There may be photos that exist that you don't know about", he told Wired. The exception to this rule, however, is if someone uploads a photo of you as their profile picture.

As optimistic as Facebook is about the new use case for its facial recognition technology, it also recognizes that this is not something that everyone is going to want to participate in.

Sherman said that facial recognition has many positive uses, but he conceded that the technology can also be used "in concerning ways".

Have you ever wondered how many photos of you are floating around Facebook without your knowledge?


You will only be notify if the post was shared with you. The new system adds to that, identifying who specifically is in the image, even if they've not been manually tagged first.

But if you think Facebook's facial recognition features are creepy, there will be a "simple on/off switch" in settings to turn it all off. "We're doing this to prevent people from impersonating others on Facebook". Those in the European Union and Canada, meanwhile, don't even get the choice to begin with, as Facebook doesn't offer its face recognition technology due to data sharing and privacy legislation. The post is titled: " Hard Questions: Should I Be Afraid of Face Recognition Technology? . "We listen carefully to feedback from people who use Facebook, as well as from experts in the field", Sherman wrote. If you're a little sensitive about how often you show up in pics on the internet, Facebook has a new privacy tool that may interest you.

Head into the settings and you'll find a new "on/off" toggle for Face Recognition. "The person who blocked the original account is in control, and must initiate contact with the new account in order for them to interact normally".

Facebook's database of facial recognition has an impression of users' faces, which it calls a template. "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".

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