Facebook will soon roll out a new feature: facial-recognition software to identify users in photos. Facebook users currently have to manually “tag” photos, identifying friends by name through a point-and-click system. The new software will aid in the “tagging” process.
“Starting in a few weeks, the system will scan all images posted to Facebook and suggest the names of people who appear in the frame… The tool would still scan that person’s face and figure out who it is, but it won’t display that information. People can still manually tag friends,” read an article on CNN.com.
“Facebook’s more than 500 million users have been automatically included in the database, but the company is allowing each person to choose whether to be identified by toggling a pane in the account’s privacy settings.”
The new tool has been met with widespread mistrust, with opponents arguing the feature’s automatic opt-in for all users is yet another privacy violation from Facebook. Similar facial recognition tools from other companies are almost universally regarded with hostility.
“Google recently decided not to release an application that would let someone snap a picture of a person’s face using a smartphone in order to find out who the subject is, Eric Schmidt, the search giant’s executive chairman and former CEO, said at a conference last week,” the article read.
“Schmidt believed it to be the first time Google engineers had completed a project and decided to shutter it for privacy reasons, he said.”