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How To Disable Facebook’s Creepy New Face Recognition Options

By Mikelle Leow, 01 Mar 2018


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Facebook users are receiving a notification on their mobile app that describes its new face recognition feature.

According to the platform, those who have ‘Face Recognition’ enabled will be alerted if their faces show up on someone else’s photos, even if they’re not tagged in them.




The option aims to give users more control over what appears on Facebook, as well as prevent their online identities from being stolen. Additionally, the social network hopes it will make things more accessible for the visually impaired.

“[These] new features help you find photos that you’re not tagged in and help you detect when others might be attempting to use your image as their profile picture,” explained Joaquin Quiñonero Candela, Director of applied machine learning at Facebook.

“We designed this as an on/off switch because people gave us feedback that they prefer a simpler control than having to decide for every single feature using face recognition technology.”

The ‘Face Recognition’ tool was announced back in December 2017, but users have only begun to receive the in-app message introducing the feature recently.

If the thought of AI vigilantly looking out for your face irks you, the good news is it’s pretty easy to switch off this feature. Read on to learn how.

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1. From your mobile app, go to your profile. Tap on ‘More’, which is located under your profile photo, and select “View Privacy Shortcuts.”


Composite image by DesignTAXI. Background screenshot via Facebook


2. On the ‘Privacy Shortcuts’ screen, scroll all the way down and select “More settings.”


Composite image by DesignTAXI. Background screenshot via Facebook


3. Scroll down and tap “Face recognition.”


Composite image by DesignTAXI. Background screenshot via Facebook


4. Read Facebook’s summary about the new tool. If it’s not for you, go ahead and click on “Do you want Facebook to be able to recognize you in photos and videos?”


Composite image by DesignTAXI. Background screenshot via Facebook


5. Tap “No” to disable face recognition.


Background screenshot via Facebook


[via Mashable, cover image via Shutterstock]
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