The new features debuting today will be available everywhere except Europe and Canada, where privacy regulators have previously raised objections to Facebook's auto photo tagging feature, Sherman said.
The internet giant claims it will be useful if a user in your "friends network" posts an embarrassing photo without tagging you in it. But after incorporating feedback from billions of user interactions, Facebook felt confident enough to push its use into new territory.
That's a question people will be asking as Facebook rolls out new tools this week to help users better manage their identity with face recognition. It will also alert you if your face is included in a profile picture-a feature aimed at preventing catfishing and revenge porn attacks.
"When you have face recognition enabled, our technology analyses the pixels in photos you're already tagged in and generates a string of numbers we call a template".
Facebook Inc said on Tuesday it would begin using facial recognition technology to tell people on the social network when others upload photos of them, if they agree to let the company keep a facial template on file. Users will need to change it to "Friends", and the Photo Review will be turned on. You're in control of your image on Facebook and can make choices such as whether to tag yourself, leave yourself untagged, or reach out to the person who posted the photo if you have concerns about it.
Facebook will soon roll out these new features in all the countries where Facebook is used except in Canada and the European Union where the social networking giant now doesn't offer facial recognition technology. After switching it on, it will recognize your photos on Facebook and will notify you.
Both features will be turned on-or-off via a single toggle in Facebook's settings, Candela said.
Tech companies are putting in place a variety of functions using facial recognition technology, despite fears about how the facial data could be used.
"What we're doing with AI is making it possible for anybody to enjoy the experience", says 52-year-old King, who lost his sight in college due to a degenerative eye disease and now works at Facebook as an accessibility specialist.