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How to turn off Facebook's creepy new facial recognition feature

20 December 2017, 01:12 | Yvette Williams

How to turn off Facebook's creepy new facial recognition feature

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Facebook will let you know when someone posts a photo of you - even if you aren't tagged in it.

Facebook Inc. announced today that it will begin using its facial recognition technology to recognize users in any picture, whether they are tagged in it or not.

These new additions expand on how Facebook already uses facial recognition, which is primarily through "tag suggestions" - a feature started in 2010 that suggests which of your friends should be tagged in photos that you upload to the site. The only time you won't be notified is if you aren't part of the audience for the content. The alerts make it easier for users to tag themselves if they like the photo, but they also allow users to contact the uploader of the photo if they have a problem with it. Facebook said the new feature can also protect users from online impersonators by spotting people who are attempting to use the same profile picture. We're all aware that Facebook knows more about us than we'd like, but this might be a step too far. The objective 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 new features are launching worldwide except in Canada and the European Union where Facebook now doesn't offer facial recognition technology.

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The objective of the feature, according to Facebook, is to help users better manage their online identity. You'll be able to find the on/off switch in Settings under Face Recognition, which will disable the notifications.

The facial recognition technology could help combat some abusive conduct on the network, the company said, although it may also raise additional privacy concerns.

For those who don't mind their face being used in a catfish scam, Facebook wouldn't want to force protection of their identity on them. The company will also notify you if your face appears in somebody else's profile picture. When a new photo or video shows up on Facebook, it is compared to the template to determine who it is. According to Sherman, this option will "completely turn off face recognition technology" for a user's account.

"There may be photos that exist that you don't know about", he told Wired.



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