Facebook has introduced a new tool to help protect your photos from being misused.
People love taking – and sharing – photos. That’s why Instagram is so popular and it’s the reason why every company is scrambling to add a Stories feature to their products. However, that poses a privacy risk, which is growing ever more serious with time.
Privacy settings can be a headache to handle as friend lists grow and it’s worrying how much information can be gleaned just from perusing the social media presence of a person. Not to mention the adverse effects for your career if a prospective employer decides to do a background check.
To add more control and resolve such issues, Facebook has introduced a feature that lets you know when a photo of yours is uploaded, no matter where it is or who uploaded it.
The social media giant has started to implement its facial recognition technology that informs you if your photos are being uploaded by others on Facebook.
Simply put, if someone uploads a photo that has your face in it (even if they don’t tag you), Facebook will notify you of it.
The new setting is going live for users across Pakistan. Here’s how you can enable it.
New Facial Recognition Setting
You might have come across this new security setting on your newsfeed involving facial recognition. This is what we are talking about:
Facial recognition is nothing new as Facebook implemented it years ago. Previously, it was used to suggest tags on the photos that you upload. For example, if you upload a group photo, this tool would give suggestions to tag the people in the photo recognizing their faces automatically. This option let you tag people in your photos quickly and easily.
But now Facebook has taken this technology a step further, helping you identify photos of yours that haven’t been uploaded by you.
Overall Facebook’s facial recognition tech will now do following for you:
- Find photos you are in but haven’t been tagged.
- Safeguard your photos so strangers can’t use them. It will notify you when someone else uses your photo as their profile picture.
- Tell people wit visual impairments who is in your photo or video. Audio will be generated giving information about who is in the photo.
If someone uses your photo, Facebook will send notifications to you. Here’s how it will look like:
How to Enable or Disable Facial Recognition Technology on Facebook
This technology, as we said before, isn’t anything new. But now its available for Pakistani users as well. By default, this setting is on.
However, should you need to change it, follow these steps. If you are not comfortable with Facebook analyzing your photos:
- Go to Settings,
- Go to More,
- Tap Privacy Shortcuts,
- Click More Settings,
- Click Facial Recognition,
- Tap on the option Do you want Facebook to be able to recognize you in photos and videos?
- Select Yes if you want to enable and No if you want to disable this option.