Facebook is rolling out its ‘face recognition’ settings to all users


Facebook this week revealed that it will expand its “face recognition settings” to all new and existing users on the platform.

The setting, which was previously only available to a limited number of users, will give users more control over how Facebook uses their identity.

“Our face recognition setting lets you manage not only whether Facebook uses face recognition technology on photos of you in order to suggest tags; it provides an easy on or off switch for a broader set of uses of face recognition, such as helping you protect your identity on Facebook,” the company explained on its blog.

The settings will replace Facebook’s “tag suggestions setting”, which previously allowed users to block the platform from automatically suggesting a tag when they appeared in a photo.

The company further noted that face recognition will be turned off by default, and that users must turn the feature on if they want to be suggested in tags or use Photo Review.

“People will still be able to manually tag friends, but we won’t suggest you to be tagged if you do not have face recognition turned on,” the company said.

Facebook has already begun rolling out the feature and notifying users of the change.

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Shereesa Moodley


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