Facebook is a great network to share news, pictures and memories with friends and family members. Recently it has added a new feature named Facebook facial recognition that lets Facebook to know what you look like in addition to all other personal information that the network has about it’s users. The new developments are designed to give users more control over a few Facebook experiences.
How to enable Facebook facial recognition?
Facebook facial recognition does not need manual activation since in case you have not changed the settings lately, Facebook facial recognition is enabled automatically every time you upload photos or if any other user upload photos of you.
How does Facebook facial recognition work?
It is somehow a tag suggestion system while when you want to post a new photo on Facebook the feature would try to recognize your friends faces using facial recognition software to match the latest post with photos that have been tagged another time somewhere else. By the mean Facebook facial recognition suggests the name of a friend in the photo then a window would appear that lets you choose to keep, remove or edit the tags. When Facebook notifies you of a new photo, you have the option to tag yourself or report the photo if you feel it’s inappropriate. Now, whenever someone posts a photo of you, whether it’s tagged or not, you’ll know about it.
Is Facebook facial recognition’s functionality perfect?
To be honest the answer is no. although the feature does the job but it is not perfect. It makes mistakes most of the time about recognizing the people who are in the photo.
What are advantages and disadvantages of Facebook facial recognition feature?
Since unless the feature has been disabled, any user that wants to add photos to Facebook has to remove or correct tags as necessary, the feature can make it easier to tag friends. It can be fast and quick, and if you want to upload many photos from your trip or a party, it is pretty convenient to use the help. Facebook facial recognition would notify you when someone posts a picture of you without tagging you, so you can tag yourself or report the photo if you feel it is inappropriate and also it would let you know when someone uses your photo as a profile picture to fake identity or maybe still you photos to pretend to be you.
In the other hand if your friend approves all of the automatic Facebook tags using Facebook facial recognition, you are tagged in everything and so many photos, even if you do not like it or you do not feel comfortable. Some users has express their concern that automatically scanning user’s photos with facial recognition, is violating users’ privacy.
How to disable Facebook facial recognition?
According to Facebook, the network respects people’s existing choices on face recognition feature. So if you feel that you need to disable it you can opt out at any time fast and easy. To do so on the mobile follow the steps bellow.
Login to your Facebook account.
- Enter the drop down menu
Tap ‘More,’ on the right, under your profile photo to open drop down menu.
- Enter privacy settings.
Tap on “Privacy Settings” or “Privacy shortcuts”.
- Tap more.
Choose “More Settings”.
- Choose face recognition.
In the second section tap on “Face recognition”
- Tap on the asked question.
Choose “Do you want Facebook to be able to recognize you in photos and videos?” after you read the Facebook explaining about the benefits of using the feature.
- Disable the feature.
Choose “No” as the answer of question.
In case you disable Facebook facial recognition through these steps the tag suggestions for your pictures would be disabled and stopped. Also it would keep you from being suggested in other people’s “Tag Suggestions” window when they want to upload any pictures of you. The process in almost the same on the desktop, in case you are using desktop to login to Facebook .
How does Facebook facial recognition help users with visual impairment?
Since all the people need to benefit social media platform and go through them equally, Facebook has aim to use this feature to assist the vision impaired. Recently Instagram has made an effort to use alt text in order to help people with vision problems to be able to go through Instagram. Now Facebook’s facial recognition feature describes what is in a photo and will also read aloud the names of untagged friends.