Facebook's Facial Recognition Algorithms Have Just Reached a New Level

Taylor Byrd
December 22, 2017

Anyhow, back to the notifications when Facebook spots photos of you even though you haven't been tagged: from hereon in, if you're part of the audience allowed to see the image, you can choose whether to tag yourself, roam free and untagged like the wild mustang you are, or reach out to the person who posted the photo if you have concerns about it.

The California-based company was also putting the technology to work to give visually impaired people more information about images at Facebook.

'We want people to feel confident when they post pictures of themselves on Facebook so we'll soon begin using face recognition technology to let people know when someone else uploads a photo of them as their profile picture.

If you're in a photo but you're not in the post's selected audience, you are out of luck, since Facebook says it "always respect [s] the privacy setting people select when posting a photo on Facebook (whether that's friends, public or a custom audience)".

Facebook is about to literally live up to its name as a new series of facial recognition algorithms can now track a person's face across the platform even if that face was not tagged at least once. Facebook says that this "brings people closer together".

We're always working to make it easier for all people, regardless of ability, to access Facebook, make connections and have more opportunities.

Privacy advocates have long called attention to the potential misuse of facial recognition, whether by tech firms, law enforcement or other entities.

Privacy experts argue that since Facebook is poised to beef up its facial recognition powers, it should also become more transparent about such decisions. We designed this as an on/off switch because people gave us feedback that they prefer a simpler control than having to decide for every single feature using face recognition technology. "Two years ago, we launched an automatic alt-text tool, which describes photos to people with vision loss". 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. Face recognition feature was first introduced in 2010.

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