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

Posted December 20, 2017

Facebook is also adding a new overarching photo and video facial recognition opt out privacy setting that will delete its face template of you and deactivate the new Photo Review feature as well as the old Tag Suggestions that used facial recognition to speed up tagging when friends posted a photo of you.

If you're in someone's profile photo which is always public, you'll always be notified.

A user must be part of the permitted audience for the page posting the photo in order to receive the notification. The alerts make it easier for users to tag themselves if they like the photo, but they also allow users to contact the uploader of the photo if they have a problem with it. Facebook said the new feature can also protect users from online impersonators by spotting people who are attempting to use the same profile picture. Facebook users should be notified through the news feeds about the new feature, and the company will encourage everyone to check their own settings.

The feature, which is powered by Facebook's artificial intelligence technology, will alert users when someone else uploads a photo of them.

Have you ever wondered how many photos of you are floating around Facebook without your knowledge? When photos and videos are uploaded to our systems, we compare those images to the template.

You won't be granted the same level of control over this feature as you get with Facebook's labyrinthine privacy settings, though, as the option merely comes with a "simple on/off switch" that will shut down the whole feature.

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

The features demonstrate how Facebook is using a trove of facial recognition data, a type of data that has become a key focus for tech titans. The social network doesn't use facial-recognition technology in those regions, due to wariness from privacy regulators.

"We're doing this to prevent people from impersonating others on Facebook", Candela wrote. Apple replaced its fingerprint reader with a facial recognition camera to unlock its latest iPhone, and also uses facial recognition to sort photos.