A new announcement has been popping up on News Feeds on the Facebook Mobile app regarding a few changes being made to the Facial Recognition on Facebook being expanded.
Earlier, when the social network had upgraded the technology, it recognized faces to suggest tags to the owner of the picture but did not go beyond that. Adding another layer of security to pictures, the Facial Recognition on Facebook will now notify users about pictures of them even if they aren’t tagged in them.
If the picture is an embarrassing, unsavory or illegal use of someone’s picture, they can proceed to have it taken down, or if not the user can choose their own course of action.
Revenge porn is an ugly monster that has poked its head out frequently on Facebook, and the company is vehemently against any such illicit and immoral acts taking place on their platform.
Now if you find it intrusive and annoying that Facebook keeps notifying you about pictures of you (it can happen with extroverted party people), it’s rather easy to turn off Facial Recognition on Facebook.
Go to the Profile page on Facebook Mobile and click on ‘More’ as shown in the image on the left, then click on ‘View Privacy Shortcuts’.
Clicking on ‘View Privacy Shortcuts’ will lead you to the page on the left below. Click on More Settings and on the next settings Page, you will find ‘Face Recognition Settings.’
From here on, you can toggle the Facial Recognition on Facebook On and Off.
Now here’s why you would want to turn that particular feature off.
Facebook cannot roll out this feature in the European Union countries, and in Canada while it has also encountered trouble in the United States after a San Francisco gave the go-ahead for a class action lawsuit over Facebook’s collection and retention of biometric data.
What does this mean?
It means that, “As a public company, if Facebook can find opportunities to monetize the data or harness it to fuel user growth, it will take them.” per The Wire.