Facebook launches new face recognition tool to help users manage identity.

Published on : December 24, 2017 4:17 am




Social media giant, Facebook has launched new facial recognition features to help people better manage their identity.

Facebook has introduced new features in most places, except in Canada and the EU where the company does not offer face recognition technology.

The new features will help users find photos that they are not tagged in and help detect when others might be attempting to use their image as their profile picture.

Joaquin Quinonero Candela, Director, Applied Machine Learning, said in a blog post on Wednesday, “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.”

According to a TechCrunch report, users will be notified if they’re in someone’s profile photo which is always public. Even if you’re in the audience, you’ll get notified to protect the uploader’s privacy and not alert you about photos you’re not allowed to see.

There will be a Photo Review section of the profile will keep track of all your untagged but recognized photos, the report adds.

“We’re also introducing a way for people who are visually impaired to know more about who is in the photos they encounter on Facebook,” Candela added.

Soon, you will begin to see a simple on/off switch instead of settings for individual features that use face recognition technology.

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

Candela added, “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.”