Facebook's face recognition AI is totally not scary, says Facebook

Facebook's face recognition AI is totally not scary, says Facebook

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.

These new additions expand on how Facebook already uses facial recognition, which is primarily through "tag suggestions" - a feature started in 2010 that suggests which of your friends should be tagged in photos that you upload to the site. When enabled, notifications appear in your account when Facebook thinks it spotted you in a photo.

Now, if you're in a photo and are part of the audience for that post, we'll notify you, even if you haven't been tagged. Now, with face recognition, people who use screen readers will know who appears in photos in their News Feed even if people aren't tagged.

Both features will be turned on-or-off via a single toggle in Facebook's settings, Candela said.

When a photo of you has been posted, you will be alerted and given the option to tag yourself, leave yourself untagged or contact the person who posted the photo if you have concerns about it, Facebook announced in a release.

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Facebook is also using facial recognition to create new tools for those with visual impairments.

"The words "face recognition" can make some people feel uneasy, conjuring dystopian scenes from science fiction", wrote Rob Sherman, Facebook's deputy chief privacy officer. When a new photo or video shows up on Facebook, it is compared to the template to determine who it is. The social network doesn't use facial-recognition technology in those regions, due to wariness from privacy regulators.

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

"I can also confirm that we do not use this technology in People You May Know".

"We're doing this to prevent people from impersonating others on Facebook", Facebook says, referring to a common problem that's more colloquially known as "catfishing". The post is titled: " Hard Questions: Should I Be Afraid of Face Recognition Technology? .




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