Facebook is planning to make use of some new facial recognition features to help you protect your privacy. The update will let you allow the platform gain access to data regarding your appearance and face. Once this is done, you will be given some tools which should keep your account safer.
Facebook will soon make use of facial recognition
If you want to make sure only you can access your Facebook account, the platform will promote these facial recognition features which should pick up data on your face. They can be activated and deactivated with the help of a switch, and will offer you some more tools to work with and protect your privacy.
For instance, Facebook will let you know whenever a photo of you gets uploaded. This happens for photos you haven’t been tagged in, so you can avoid that possible unwanted images should go public. The alert applies even if the person who uploaded the photo is not friends with you, as long as their privacy settings allow you to see the image.
The social media giant claims this is done to prevent photo abuse
Sometimes, your face might end up in a profile picture without your consent. Facebook is quite a widely used medium for revenge porn, where intimate photos of a person are made public without the knowledge of the victim. The attackers can create fake profiles of a person so, in case something similar happens to you, you will be able to report it.
However, allowing Facebook to access your face data is, again, a bit dangerous for your privacy. Security experts are a bit skeptical about allowing big companies to access such sensitive data. However, the social media giant claims everything is done for the benefit of users, as this method helps them keep intruders away from their accounts.
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