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23 December 2017, 12:53 | Lionel James
Facebook uses AI to improve how blind can 'see' images
"We want people to feel confident when they post pictures of themselves on Facebook so we'll soon begin using face recognition technology to let people know when someone else uploads a photo of them as their profile picture". It's also meant to help improve accessibility to the visually impaired - those looking at a screen-reader for information can hear their friends identified by name rather than simply by description.
He said the new feature give users more control by informing them when their photo has been posted.
Facial recognition technology has been a part of Facebook since at least 2010, when the social network began offering suggestions for whom to tag in a photo.
The new features are being rolled out in the face of growing pressure on the company from regulators in Europe, the US and elsewhere who have criticized Facebook for spreading fake news, fostering hate speech, eroding civil discourse and trampling privacy rights.
According to Facebook, the facial recognition technology will work by analyzing the pixels in photos the user is already tagged in. The new facial recognition features will be available in your settings soon, but not in Canada or the European Union where Facebook does not offer facial recognition. It then compares newly uploaded images to the template.
Facebook users will be able to tag themselves in images posted elsewhere in the social network, or express concerns about pictures to people who post them, according to Candela.
What we’re doing with AI is making it possible for anybody to enjoy the experience,” says 52-year-old Matt King
For Janni Lehrer-Stein, a volunteer who advises Facebook, the new facial recognition capability will help her enjoy more of her daughter's recent graduation photos.
Tech companies are putting in place a variety of functions using facial recognition technology, despite fears about how the facial data could be used. The feature appears in Account settings, Timeline and tagging.
"You can also look at this as a creepy reminder of exactly how much Facebook knows about you".
Facebook had launched an automatic alt-text tool two years ago, which describes photos to people with vision loss. We're doing this to prevent people from impersonating others on Facebook, ' said the company.
Soon, the Facebook app will have an opt-in toggle for the facial recognition alert.
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