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

20 December 2017, 01:25 | Gina Pena

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

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

"You're in control of your image on Facebook and can make choices such as whether to tag yourself, leave yourself untagged, or reach out to the person who posted the photo if you have concerns about it". In fact, that's put Facebook afoul of state laws and using this technology is outright banned in Canada and Europe.

Facebook announced a new optional feature on Tuesday that will alert you of photos posted on the social media platform that you're in, even if no one has tagged you in the photo.

The feature likely won't be as annoying as described above, as Facebook's announcement post claims it only notifies you if "you're in a photo and part of the audience for that post", which presumably means if it was taken by a friend or a friend of a friend.

Facebook is also using facial recognition to create new tools for those with visual impairments. By looking at photos from an event, for example, and identifying the faces, Facebook could know everybody who was there and know they might be connected.

"The words "face recognition" can make some people feel uneasy, conjuring dystopian scenes from science fiction", wrote Rob Sherman, Facebook's deputy chief privacy officer. The exception to this rule, however, is if someone uploads a photo of you as their profile picture.

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He said the new feature give users more control by informing them when their photo has been posted. When photos and videos are uploaded to our systems, we compare those images to the template.

"We're doing this to prevent people from impersonating others on Facebook", Facebook says, referring to a common problem that's more colloquially known as "catfishing". According to Sherman, this option will "completely turn off face recognition technology" for a user's account.

"When it comes to face recognition, control matters".

He added that Facebook will not introduce features to let strangers know who you are. Apple replaced its fingerprint reader with a facial recognition camera to unlock its latest iPhone, and also uses facial recognition to sort photos. "We've also heard from groups that work with survivors of domestic violence that being able to see messages is often a valuable tool to assess if there is risk of additional abuse".



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