Facebook amps up facial recognition features

Facebook announces new uses of face recognition and promotes the 'off' switch

Facebook will expand how it uses facial recognition, the company has announced.
Facebook will expand how it uses facial recognition, the company has announced.

Facebook has added facial recognition technology to the social media platform, although details are unclear at present.

From late on Wednesday, Facebook users began receiving a message in their feeds saying that Facebook is expanding its use of face recognition to add "more ways to use face recognition apart from just suggesting tags. For example, face recognition technology can do things such as find photos you're in but haven't been tagged in, help protect you against strangers who use your photo, and tell people with visual impairments who's in your photo or video".

The company also noted that face recognition features can be turned off at any time, although the feature is on by default.

The social media platform was previously using facial recognition to help users to tag people in their uploaded photos.

It was not clear exactly how the new features will be implemented.

Facebook has faced legal action in the US over claims that it was violating users' privacy by collecting the biometric data (the face scan) without permission.

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