How to enable or prepare for Facial Recognition settings on facebook

Social Networking giant Facebook recently announced it’s new AI-based feature known as Facial Recognition for photos, uploaded on its site and thus getting one more aspect of your personal life. The facial recognition feature helps you to keep your identity safe, and the main application of this is that when someone facebook uploads a picture and if you are present in that picture, it will detect you and let you know. Even if you are not tagged with it. It will also keep in check those people, who might use your pictures as theirs and pretend to be somebody else.

A good measure to keep fake accounts in check, we don’t yet if you’re present in the background of somebody else’s picture whether it will let you know this or not, that’s something to experiment. Moreover, the old tag settings are still there, but now it is bundled together with the face detection feature, and this group of parameters is now named under one function called facial recognition. So, now the question is where are these facial recognition settings on facebook anyway?

And in this post, we’ll try to cover that and also talk about how Facebook now owns most of your private/personal information. Starting with the browser then, how to enable the facial recognition on the Facebook mobile app. You have the control over whether you want to allow this ai feature or just keep it Off, it’s up to you. This will affect whether Facebook will detect you in photos or not, later the tech-giant will also offer a Master Switch to operate this option, with more ease.

How to enable Facial Recognition on desktop in Browser

Facebook Facial Recognition
Image Courtesy: theleaker .com
  • When you log in, Goto your�Timeline�and Tagging Settings page
  • Next, look into the Tagging section, when you are in the settings as mentioned above page
  • And where it says, “Who sees tag suggestions when photos that look like you are uploaded?”�you have to set this field to Friends
  • You set it by clicking on the edit option, and from No One, you have to select the Friends option


How to Enable the Facial Recognition on Facebook’s mobile app

  • Now you open the Facebook app on your smartphone
  • Next, Tap on the hamburger menu, this will show you the account settings
  • In account settings look for the Timeline and Tagging options just like we did above and Select the Friends option inside -> “Who sees tag suggestions when photos that look like you are uploaded?”

Now, the thing is that this settings label will get changed by facial recognition when it starts rolling out in other countries. Currently, it is only available in the US. While in Canada and European countries it is not available yet due to Govt regulations. So, when you perform the above settings, this will keep your Facial recognition automatically enable it, when Facebook rolls it out, it will show like the one image posted below.

Facebook Face recognition
Image shows new facial detection settings, Image Courtesy: theandroidsoul. com

With facial recognition, Facebook now also has the data on how you look like and tracking your face on every image that it’s AI thinks might be related to you. And with reports poured in suggesting Facebook earlier misused data to cash in, and this still holds true even today. What might they do with your facial identity? When big bucks come in Facebook could just allow those parties to access its facial data in the name of research; be it advertisers or anyone else, they will get access to your identity and might use it for unethical means. So, if you care about your identity then better you now know what to turn off.

Akshay Mhatre is a Tech Journalist who likes to keep up with the latest from the tech world. He has worked at many popular news portals like BGR and TechRadar before joining TheLeaker as a News writer and journalist. A writer by day and a VFX artist by night. In his free time, he also likes to make motion graphics and concept art. You can find him on Instagram @akshayrazr_95 and contact him on akshaymhatre[@]

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