Social networking website Facebook announced that it would soon be using its facial recognition technology to upgrade its features. Thus, users will soon receive alerts when a photo of them is uploaded, even if the photo is not appropriately tagged.
The idea, a part of Facebook’s new initiative to strengthen its privacy works on the principle of facial recognition. Thus, if a photo of a user is being uploaded without their knowledge they would immediately receive a notification and be in the position to take appropriate steps.
Commenting on its new setting in a statement, Facebook said, “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.
The setting is an optional one and is interlinked with the site’s facial recognition software. The software in question is what provides users with prompts when they upload a picture with friends.
These prompts often ask users if they would like to tag a specific friend in the photo. Thus, if a user has selected the option in their privacy settings, they will receive an alert the moment such a picture is uploaded.
The feature will continue to send updates on every picture uploaded until it is switched off.
Interestingly, the alerts have been designed to work beyond the scope of a friend list.
Thus, if the user’s updates are not restricted to their friend lists but have been expanded to include a broader network of people. If anyone in the ‘broader network’ happens to post an unauthorized picture, the user in question will immediately be made aware.
They will then be provided with the option to tag themselves, mark and report the photo, or ignore it accordingly.