How to turn off Facebook's creepy new facial recognition feature

Bill Rogers
December 20, 2017

But computers are getting better at recognizing us, and now Facebook has chose to use that to spot photos you're not tagged in.

Facebook announced that it will start using its facial recognition technology to find photos of you across its site, even if you aren't tagged in those photos. The only time you won't be notified is if you aren't part of the audience for the content. Facebook users in Canada and the European Union are excluded.

Just a heads up.

Facebook is also planning to roll out a "simple on/off switch" to replace the settings for individual features that use face-recognition technology.

Facebook is also using facial recognition to create new tools for those with visual impairments. However, Facebook notes that if your tag suggestions setting is now set to "none", then your default face recognition setting will be set to "off" and will remain that way until you decide to change it.

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But Facebook doesn't shy from explaining that this service could also be used to catch people who are using photos for less-than-wholesome purposes, such as using your photo as their Facebook profile photo.

This morning, Facebook announced that it's going to start scanning all the photos uploaded to the social network looking for your face, unless you opt out-or unless you are a European or Canadian, where privacy law actually limits what Facebook can do with people's faces.

Managing your identity on Facebook will soon be a bit easier thanks to facial recognition. The exception to this rule, however, is if someone uploads a photo of you as their profile picture. 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.

"Some may criticize this as an "all or nothing" approach, but we believe this will prevent people from having to make additional decisions among potentially confusing options", said Sherman.

Since 2010, face recognition technology has helped bring people closer together on Facebook. The post is titled: " Hard Questions: Should I Be Afraid of Face Recognition Technology? .

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