Facebook's face recognition has met with serious privacy concerns from some users. Now, in an attempt to put people's fears at ease, Facebook has created a way for users to more easily opt out of being identified a.k.a. tagged in their face recognition technology on photos.
MSNBC states, "The deployment of 'Tag Suggestions' technology -- designed to speed up the process of labeling friends in photos -- had renewed concerns about how the world's largest social network with 750 million members handles privacy."
Apparently what happens is anytime a new photo is uploaded, Facebook's face recognition technology instantly compares the faces of those in the photo with faces in previously uploaded photos. Once the technology finds a match, it suggests to the person who's uploaded the photo a name to tag to the face.
Fortunately, users have the option to opt out of the feature entirely. If a user chooses to do that, all face recognition information on them will be deleted by Facebook. Well, that is until the user opts back into the feature. In the end, it's your decision but don't think that you can just erase any trace of yourself online because that is impossible. Do you think Facebook's face recognition feature is a major privacy concern or not?
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