Facebook has released new tools powered by its facial recognition technology – the same one that proposes friends to tag in photos. For instance, the original version of the tool would describe a friend’s photo with the words which may contain: tree, sky, sea.
The enhanced version will include those and the possible names of people who could be in the photo even if they aren’t tagged in the photo. Facebook’s facial recognition can be a hit and miss, but the names can give visually impaired users a full view of the picture.
The Facial recognition tool will also start notifying users when its face recognition technology recognizes them in pictures even if they’re not tagged, unless they’re not part of the audience.
Finally, it will also start sending out notifications when someone else uploads your photo(s) as profile pictures. Facebook hopes this last tool can help prevent scammers from impersonation which is quite popular in Nigeria.
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This last feature prevents users from using other people’s identities, especially for those who use the platform to conduct business.
This new feature will roll out worldwide in the next few days except for Canada and Europe where Facebook doesn’t have facial recognition on offer. This feature can also be automatically set to “off” for users who’ve disabled tagging, but it can easily be switched on anytime also.