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Untagged Photos are Now to be Recognized by Facebook’s Facial Recognition

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Published on : Dec 20, 2017

Facebook now wants to ensure that you can control and know about your photos when another person uploads a picture of yours without tagging you. Facebook’s facial recognition technology is going to make it possible. Facebook today introduced a new feature called photo review and this feature is to be integrated into its facial recognition programme. This new feature will alert the person whose untagged photo has been uploaded.

New Feature to Give Facebook User More Control over their Pictures

This feature comes with the intention of boosting Facebook users’ confidence and so that he knows that his pictures are just not floating anywhere on the Facebook. Once alerted with this new feature, the user can either tag himself or leave it as it is or report it to Facebook or simply ask the uploader to take it down.

This new feature could also help in thwarting impersonation. Facebook also says that the company does not have any plans to make use of this feature of facial recognition to better content relevancy sorting or ad targeting, such as showing you more of News Feed posts that belong to those friends who post your untagged photos or ads that are related to your locations where you appeared in your untagged photos.

If someone puts your untagged photo in his or her profile pic, then Facebook will always notify you. A profile picture is always public. However, for other images of your’s, you’ll get notified only if you’re chosen to be an audience for that photo in a bid to protect privacy of the uploader. You will not be notified of such an upload if you are not allowed by the uploader to see those pictures. However, the Photo Review section of the profile would keep track on all of your recognized but untagged photos.

Nipun Mather, Facebook’s applied machine learning product manager, informs that the said feature is designed in such a way that it will give users more control over their pictures, offer them nostalgic opportunities and above all, make them feel safer.