Facebook to notify users when photos of them are uploaded

Our technology analyzes the pixels in photos you're already tagged in and generates a string of numbers we call a template.

Given that Facebook can recognize your likeness without you being tagged, it would seem to be possible that the company could offer a setting through which users could choose to have photos of themselves pre-emptively barred from being posted at all. Finally, the features will allow visually impaired users to identify who is pictured with them.

First of all, you need to change the "Tag suggestions" which is by default to no one.

Facebook planned to soon apply the face recognition technology to profile photos, to thwart people from being impersonated on the social network.

In other words, Facebook users might still appear in other users' photos and not be aware of it, depending on the audience limitations and whether or not the people are friends on Facebook. It then compares newly uploaded images to the template. Users will soon see a straightforward "on and off" setting for options that use face recognition technology. In 2015, Facebook's artificial intelligence team scored 83% facial recognition accuracy, even for photos where faces weren't clearly visible, by relying on cues such as a person's stance and body type.

"Powered by the same technology we've used to suggest friends you may want to tag in photos or videos, these new features help you find photos that you're not tagged in and help you detect when others might be attempting to use your image as their profile picture", Facebook explains. You can also make choices such as whether to tag yourself, leave yourself untagged, or reach out to the person who has posted the photo or report it to Facebook. "We thought it was important to have a really straightforward way of controlling facial recognition technology", he said. Now, with face recognition, people who use screen readers will know who appears in photos in their News Feed even if people aren't tagged.

"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.

  • Steve Townsend