Facebook AI recognises face, can alert you on misuse

Posted December 22, 2017

Yet, privacy advocates are concerned that things could run out of control, and the tech could be used to detect Facebook users as they shop in brick-and-mortar stores.

"When you have face recognition enabled, our technology analyses the pixels in photos you're already tagged in and generates a string of numbers we call a template". Mind you, it doesn't stop anybody from tagging you - all it does is stop Facebook from suggesting that people tag you in photos that look like you.

The company's Joaquin Quinonero Candela said: "Now you're in control of your image on Facebook and can reach out to the person who posted the photo if you've concerns".

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.

At any rate, the new use of facial recognition is mostly about letting you know if someone has uploaded your photo as their profile picture.

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.

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Facebook on Tuesday announced a new facial recognition tool that can spot you even when you haven't been tagged - handy when some identity thief goes and puts up an account with your photo.

First of all, you need to change the "Tag suggestions" which is by default to no one. When photos and videos are uploaded to our systems, we compare those images to the template. Users will soon see a straightforward "on and off" setting for options that use face recognition technology.

Now, if you're in a photo and are part of the audience, Facebook will notify you, even if you aren't tagged. We're doing this to prevent people from impersonating others on Facebook. "Two years ago, we launched an automatic alt-text tool, which describes photos to people with vision loss".

We are introducing these new features in most places, except in Canada and the European Union where we don't now offer face recognition technology.

Users will be able to keep track of all of their recognized photos on Facebook, even those they're not tagged in, from the new Photo Review section of one's profile.