Managing Your Identity on Facebook with Face Recognition Technology

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This week, Facebook has announced the next step in advancing their image-recognition tools, with the addition of new alerts for photos taken of you – whether you’re tagged in them or not – and enhanced identifiers for vision-impaired users.

Here’s how they work.

Identifying You

Facebook’s main announcement relates to the expansion of their photo identification system which will now alert you whenever a photo in which you’re included is uploaded to the platform.



Now, when someone posts an image in which Facebook recognizes your face, you’ll get an alert, and an option to tag yourself in it if you wish. If it’s not you, you can let Facebook know, while you also have options to report the image if you object to the content.



As explained by  Facebook: 

“…if you’re in a photo and are part of the audience for that post, we’ll notify you, even if you haven’t been tagged.

This means if someone who you ’re not connected to posts an image of a crowd, and your face is recognized, you won’t be notified, as you’re not connected to that person. That makes sense, as it could get a little creepy if random people were tagging others.

The exception to this is if someone uses your image for their profile photo – Facebook’s also using this expansion to alert users to potential identity theft. So if someone tries to use your image as their profile, Facebook will let you know, enabling you to take further action.


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