Facebook stops scanning faces by default, discontinues tag suggestions


Facebook is making major changes to its platform. These changes will change the way the social media giant implements face recognition technology on its platform. Facebook in a blog today announced that it would no longer scan faces of its users by default.

The social media giant has started rolling out a new face recognition privacy setting, which it first introduced back in December 2017, that will allow users to opt in (or opt) out of the program. If you have the face recognition setting turned on, Facebook will inform you if someone uploads your photo even if you have not been tagged in the post. In addition to that the social media giant will give your more detailed information as to how it uses its face recognition technology. It will also point you towards the controls using which you can turn the setting on. The face recognition setting, as I mentioned before, will remain off by default.

However, if you don’t have the face recognition setting, the company will not use the technology to recognise you or suggest tags. Apart from that Facebook will not activate the Photo Review feature, which lets you know when you appear in photos even if you are not tagged in it.

Apart from making changes to its face recognition settings Facebook is also discontinuing tag suggestions. The social media giant in a blog post said that the tag suggestions setting, which only controls whether the company can suggest that your friends tag you in photos or videos using face recognition will no longer be available. This means that with tag suggestion setting turned off the company won’t recommendation to tag you in posts by your friends. That said your friends will still be able to tag you in posts manually.

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