Facebook can be introducing a brand-new feature Tuesday that will will let you know when people post photos of you, even if they don’t tag you.
The feature will be used to alert you when your face shows up in photos you haven’t been tagged in.
the item will also alert you when your face shows up in profile photos. “We’re doing that will to prevent people coming from impersonating others on Facebook,” Joaquin Candela, Facebook’s director of applied machine learning, wrote in a blog post.
Facebook already uses face recognition technology in tag suggestions when you upload photos with people in them. The company’s use of face recognition technology inside the past has raised privacy concerns.
Facebook, in that will rollout, made the item clear the item’s thinking of potential privacy issues. “We always respect the privacy setting people select when posting a photo on Facebook (whether that will’s friends, public or a custom audience), so you won’t receive a notification if you’re not inside the audience,” Candela wrote.
yet these controls won’t necessarily stop bad actors coming from using people’s images without their knowledge, since they can exclude the people they’re stealing coming from by creating custom audience settings.
Facebook can be also adding a brand-new control that will will allow people to turn off face recognition entirely if they’re concerned about its privacy implications. the item’s not a default option, so you’ll have to opt out. yet if inside the past you’d disabled tag suggestions, the brand-new features will be turned off by default along with tag suggestions.
The features also won’t be available in Canada as well as the EU, which have strict privacy laws.
Facebook can be debuting one more feature using facial recognition: an upgrade to its accessibility tool for people with visual impairments that will will today read out the names of people shown in a photo, not just “person 1,” as the item did previously. the item will also read out the names of people if they’re not tagged.
“We’re always working to make the item easier for all people, regardless of ability, to access Facebook, make connections as well as have more opportunities,” Candela wrote.
Facebook was able to Discharge these brand-new features with help, witting or otherwise, coming from many people who’ve used Facebook’s tag suggestions for their photos, Facebook product manager Nipun Mather told BuzzFeed News. that will helped make Facebook’s artificial intelligence–powered face recognition technology even smarter as well as ready for primetime.
Alex Kantrowitz can be a senior technology reporter for BuzzFeed News as well as can be based in San Francisco. He reports on social as well as communications.
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