Facebook to offer 'creepy' facial recognition service to users

by Susie Olson December 23, 2017, 0:49
Facebook to offer 'creepy' facial recognition service to users

It's also meant to help improve accessibility to the visually impaired - those looking at a screen-reader for information can hear their friends identified by name rather than simply by description.

The latest feature from Facebook gives users options to tag themselves, remain untagged, or report the photo to Facebook.

Now, if you're in a photo and are part of the audience for that post, we'll notify you, even if you haven't been tagged.

Facebook unveiled the new Photo Review feature earlier this week. It will also alert you if your face is included in a profile picture-a feature aimed at preventing catfishing and revenge porn attacks.

According to Facebook, the facial recognition technology will work by analyzing the pixels in photos the user is already tagged in.

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Facebook users will be able to tag themselves in images posted elsewhere in the social network, or express concerns about pictures to people who post them, according to Candela. After that, it will generate a string of numbers or templates to compare with other photos or videos that are uploaded to Facebook's systems by someone else.

For Janni Lehrer-Stein, a volunteer who advises Facebook, the new facial recognition capability will help her enjoy more of her daughter's recent graduation photos.

Facebook is also facing a lawsuit claiming that its face recognition technology violates a law in IL called the Biometric Information Privacy Act.

The feature would not immediately be available in Canada and the European Union, Facebook said. And because of a new face recognition service the social network is rolling out Tuesday, he can now learn which friends are in photos, even those who haven't been tagged by another user. If users don't want a drunken karaoke picture of themselves online, for example, they can not delete the photos posted online. Two years ago, we launched an automatic alt-text tool, which describes photos to people with vision loss.

However, the thought that Facebook will be scanning every photo may not be acceptable to some. Facebook says that this "brings people closer together". When enabled, notifications appear in your account when Facebook thinks it spotted you in a photo.


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