Managing Your Identity on Facebook with Face Recognition Technology | Facebook Newsroom

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Pic Getty Images Facebook users will be notified every time their face is uploaded to the platform even if it is not tagged

In line with ongoing advancements in facial recognition technology, Facebook will do this even if you're not tagged.

These new additions expand on how Facebook already uses facial recognition, which is primarily through "tag suggestions" - a feature started in 2010 that suggests which of your friends should be tagged in photos that you upload to the site. The good news is that you can turn the feature off altogether with one simple setting. Facebook still respects the privacy settings of people posting photos, so you won't get a notification for photos when you're not in the audience. In fact, that's put Facebook afoul of state laws and using this technology is outright banned in Canada and Europe.

Just a heads up.

For users who are not convinced that the multibillion-dollar corporation has their best interests at heart, Facebook is adding a simple on/off button for its facial recognition features, which users can access through their account settings.

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The new feature will notify you when a friend uploads a photo of you and does not tag you in it and when someone uses a photo featuring your face for a profile picture. 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.

In conjunction with the new facial recognition tools, Facebook put out another post in its "Hard Questions" series.

Managing your identity on Facebook will soon be a bit easier thanks to facial recognition. In Facebook's words, it's "powered by the same technology we've used to suggest friends you may want to tag in photos or videos".

Facebook will also notify you when someone else uses a photo of you for a profile picture.

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"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".

Meanwhile, Facebook is also introducing a feature that will tell visually impaired users with screen readers who appear in the photos in their News Feed, even if those people aren't tagged.

"I can also confirm that we do not use this technology in People You May Know".

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