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Facebook stops automatic facial recognition

Facebook stops automatic facial recognition

Facebook has changed the settings on its facial recognition software that is used to tag users in photos.

Instead of automatically tagging users, Facebook now allows users to opt in or out of the feature.

In a blog post, it said that users will have to verify their agreement in using the software, and users will receive a notification when the change is made public.

The face recognition feature notifies individuals when a photo of them had been uploaded, regardless of whether they had been tagged in the image.

In the post, it added that Facebook would continue to consult the expertise of "academics, regulators and people on Facebook" about how their technology is used.

"We've made the steps to update your settings clearer and you can opt to leave your setting off right in the notice, as opposed to having to go to a separate screen," Facebook stated.

"If you do nothing, face recognition will remain off for you.

"There's also an opportunity to review information about our technology and the features it powers so that you can make the choice that's right for you.

"Finally, Facebook's face recognition technology still does not recognise you to strangers. We don't share your face recognition information with third parties. We also don't sell our technology."

Data regulations

This move from the social media company follows recent news wherein they have been fined by the FTC, as well as stating that Messenger Kids allowed strangers to interact with adult strangers.

"We are in regular contact with the FTC on many issues and products, including Messenger Kids," Facebook VP Kevin Martin wrote in a letter to two Democrats, as reported by Reuters. He described the flaw as a "technical error".


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