Facebook to offer 'creepy' facial recognition service to users

Facebook face recognition tool can now find untagged

'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.

For which Facebook has this page with instructions about how to turn off tag suggestions for photos of you. "We decided, in consultation with privacy advocates and people, that the best approach for this offering was to notify people on Facebook and provide a way to adjust it in their account settings at any time".

Privacy experts argue that since Facebook is poised to beef up its facial recognition powers, it should also become more transparent about such decisions.

In other words, Facebook users might still appear in other users' photos and not be aware of it, depending on the audience limitations and whether or not the people are friends on Facebook.

This way, upon receiving a notification that they appeared in someone's photos on Facebook, users can either tag themselves in the photos or ask the respective person to take them down.

"Powered by the same technology we've used to suggest friends you may want to tag in photos or videos, these new features help you find photos that you're not tagged in and help you detect when others might be attempting to use your image as their profile picture", Facebook explains.

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The new features are being rolled out on Facebook everywhere except Canada and the European Union, where face-recognition technology is not employed, Mr. Candela said.

The new feature is meant to act as a control measure for one's image, ultimately, as users can now pinpoint exactly where and how they show up, all across social media.

Facebook had launched an automatic alt-text tool two years ago, which describes photos to people with vision loss. Our technology analyzes the pixels in photos you're already tagged in and generates a string of numbers we call a template.

Under the new feature, people who have opted in would get a notification from Facebook if a photo of them has been uploaded, although only if the photo is one they have access to.

Since 2010, face recognition technology has "helped bring people closer together on Facebook".

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