Facebook last year announced that a new Face Recognition feature in December and now it’s slowly rolled out worldwide. The feature is now available in India as anyone who uses the social network site would have come across some like the below notification in your timeline. So what is this new feature and how does it benefit or impact us? Let’s check it out
Facebook Face Recognition Feature
As per company, once you opt-in for this feature the activity starts at the background. So whenever you upload a photo in Facebook, its machine learning systems will measure our face characteristics and produce something call ‘face print’. This will be unique for each individual.
With this face print, Facebook can search, identify and tag you on photos you haven’t been earlier. Also, it can tell you if another user uploads your picture as their profile image and flag it. This way Facebook can detect fraud and its one of the feature’s benefit. If you need more details, check the Facebook blog posts here.
How to use it
As mentioned earlier, this feature has already started popping in your timeline giving us a notifications. As default setting, you are already Opt-in for this feature by Facebook automatically. To check this, Go to Facebook Settings- > Face Recognition option.
Once you select, the new window will have the option of Opt-in or Opt-out based on your choice.
The feature may cause privacy concerns among users, so Facebook has advised to read their blog here to understand how your ‘face print’ and photos will be used and what will happen when you Opt-in or Opt-out in detail.
Currently this feature is an optionally one, but we have a feeling after few months Facebook may make this a mandatory Opt-in for this feature. So let s know what you think about this new feature from Facebook.