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

However, the company says it respects the privacy settings which its users decide on when posting the photo, and therefore, if you're not in the audience set by the person uploading the picture, you won't be notified that you've possibly appeared in that person's photo. Indeed, with the arrival of this new feature, Facebook has actually made it altogether more straightforward for individuals to turn off all of its face recognition-powered talents.

There will also be a new on/off switch for all facial recognition features on Facebook.


Facebook has used facial recognition technology on photos posted to the site since 2010, to automatically detect and name faces. So, if someone posts your photo to a private group you're not a part of, you won't get a notification about it.

While there are benefits to the new tool - seeing potentially problematic photos before they spread, being alerted when someone else attempts to use a photo of you as their own profile photo, or simply not missing memories of fun events - some Facebook users are undoubtedly going to be uncomfortable with Facebook taking this matter into its own hands. The new facial recognition features will be available in your settings soon, but not in Canada or the European Union where Facebook does not offer facial recognition. The goal of the scanning, according to Facebook, is to alert you if someone has publicly uploaded a photo of you that you don't know about, especially if they are trying to impersonate you. When a new photo or video shows up on Facebook, it is compared to the template to determine who it is.

Facebook also introduced new tools to try to prevent harassment Tuesday.

He added that Facebook will not introduce features to let strangers know who you are.


Head into the settings and you'll find a new "on/off" toggle for Face Recognition.

Facebook will also allow users to ignore a conversation in Messenger and move it out of your inbox without having to block the sender.

Facebook already uses facial recognition to some extent.

"If someone is being harassed, blocking the abuser sometimes prompts additional harassment, particularly offline", Davis wrote.


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