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

Leigh Mccormick
December 20, 2017

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. Using facial recognition technology, Facebook can alert you to any photos in which you're visible regardless of whether or not you've been tagged.

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.

If you aren't in the audience, Candela says, you won't receive a notification. Facebook users should be notified through the news feeds about the new feature, and the company will encourage everyone to check their own settings.

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

They can review the post and then tag themselves, choose to leave themselves untagged or, if they are not comfortable with it, contact with the user who posted the photo to ask them to remove it, or file a complaint with Facebook, he said.

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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. "When photos and videos are uploaded to our systems, we compare those images to the template". The exception to this rule, however, is if someone uploads a photo of you as their profile picture.

Soon, the Facebook app will have an opt-in toggle for the facial recognition alert. The post is titled: " Hard Questions: Should I Be Afraid of Face Recognition Technology? .

Naturally there are fun reasons for a feature like this, such as when someone posts of a photo from a family outing you may have attended, allowing you to keep a photo you may not have seen otherwise.

"We're doing this to prevent people from impersonating others on Facebook", he said. In fact, that's put Facebook afoul of state laws and using this technology is outright banned in Canada and Europe.

Facebook will also allow users to ignore a conversation in Messenger and move it out of your inbox without having to block the sender.

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