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Facebook stops scanning faces by default

Facebook stops scanning faces by default”

This means facial recognition won't be used by default to recognize a user in photos or videos, or to suggest their friends tag them in such content.

Instead, everyone will now have the face recognition setting that the company initially rolled out to some users in 2017, and which the company has claimed is used to beef up user security, such as by alerting users when they may appear in a photo they're not tagged in or when someone may be using a user's photo on their own profile.

With the announcement Tuesday, Facebook is expanding this option to all of its users.

Facebook is doing away with a "tag" suggestion setting in favor of an overall facial recognition setting which will be off by default, according to a post by artificial intelligence applied research lead Srinivas Narayanan.

Facebook says it is ending its practice of using face recognition software to identify users' friends in uploaded photos and automatically suggesting they "tag" them. By default, the tech scans faces within Facebook photos and uses that data for various purposes, including suggesting friend tags.

The company said a visible setting for that feature will be discontinued.

If you already have Face Recognition, you can turn it off by going to your settings, where you can find it nested under "Privacy", and selecting "No". It's potentially useful if someone uploads a photo of you without consent.

It's increasingly showing upon apps and online, including social networks such as Facebook. Once upon a time, the company was vilified for its alleged part in the Cambridge Analytica scandal, and more recently, it has caught fire for its implementation of facial recognition technology.

Facebook itself has faced legal scrutiny for its use of the technology.

The class-action suit was filedby Facebook users in IL, one of the few states with a law that requires companies to get consent from customers before collecting biometric information.

Last month, a federal appeals court rejected Facebook's effort to undo the class action status of the lawsuit.



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