Facebook to Use Facial Recognition to Provide Photo Tag Suggestions

Facebook has announced a new photo tag suggestions feature that utilizes facial recognition technology. When users upload photos, faces which match ones tagged in their existing photos will show a suggestion of who to tag. Similar photos are grouped for easy tagging. Users can opt out of being identified by the facial recognition software in their privacy settings.

The update, rolled out in the U.S. over the next few weeks, could lead users to be tagged in photos much more frequently. It also brings Facebook up to speed with other photo editing tools including iPhoto, which can already create Facebook tags through facial recognition.

Facebook has long been the most popular photo sharing service in the world, and it is this core app which drives time on-site and growth. Facebook began highlighting faces to assist tagging in July, while third-party apps sought to help users find untagged photos of themselves through facial recognition software. The Photos product received a major upgrade in September, with the additions of high resolution photo uploads, an in-line light box viewing mode, and bulk tagging.

When users upload photos, they are brought to a Tag Your Friends page. Here, users see a dialogue which explains that their photos have been grouped and names of friends have been suggested. Grouping photos which look similar and therefore likely contain the same friends makes it easier to tag multiple photos.

Photo tag suggestions appear in a blue box beneath the recognized photo. It appears that users must opt out of suggested tags, which allows for quick saving of tags if a user thinks they are accurate.

Users who receive the new feature will also see a new “Suggest photos of me to friends” privacy setting within the “Customize settings” link. When disabled, users won’t appear in suggestions, which will lower the chances of them being tagged.

Facebook explains that the update means “you’re more likely to know right away when friends post photos.” Really, this will reduce the likelihood that a user could be identified in a photo of them which they never knew about since they weren’t tagged and notified. Most importantly, photo tag suggestions may significantly increase the number of photos users get tagged in, increasing interconnections, and further cementing Facebook as the keeper of our memories.

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4 Responses to “Facebook to Use Facial Recognition to Provide Photo Tag Suggestions”

  1. Facebook lanserar ansiktsigenkänning | Ordbajsarn says:

    [...] facebook har tydligen utvecklat ansiktsigenkänning, för att underlätta taggningen av fotografier. Jag ser en klar fördel med att jag lättare får kontroll på vilka [...]

  2. In curand, te vei loga cu faţa pe Facebook! Tag Suggestions e gata « Dj Blue Ro `s Blog says:

    [...] Pe Facebook este in plina desfasurare procesul de „cartografiere” al persoanelor din retea. Mai exact, fotografiile sunt etichetate si ele devin incet-incet tot mai relevante in graficele de socializare ale retelei, potrivit insideFacebook. [...]

  3. Derrick Norris says:

    I think this new feature will just lead to added security breaches by facebook. I dont think its a good idea. Facebook has already become very insecure. I have quit facebook and am currently trying Diaspora. I will also be trying mycube when it releases as it seems much more secure

  4. John Jones says:

    All this new feature is going to bring is more privacy concerns and more opportunities for Facebook to make money by selling the vast information it now possesses on its users.

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