How to Turn off Facebook’s New Facial Recognition Feature?

Facebook just added another controversial feature and as always enabled it for all users without asking for their consent.

So far, Facebook let us tag photos with names of our friends on pictures we have. Facebook just added an automatic face recognition feature that will identify people from photos anywhere on the site.

This feature is available on desktop photo management software like Picasa and iPhoto. If you tagged a few faces it automatically scans your entire photo library and identifies people’s faces.

Now, Facebook has just brought that feature to the entire social network. And this is the kind of move that privacy conscious people hate.

When invasive features such as this should be opt-in, Facebook makes it opt-out. That is, your account has this turned on by default and you have manually go in and turn it off if you don’t want to be found automatically in photos by the new facial recognition feature.

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If you would like to opt out of this, here’s how

  1. Go to your Account -> Privacy Setting
  2. Click on Customize settings link
  3. go to Things others share section
  4. go to Suggest photos of me to friends -> Edit and set it to disabled if it isn’t already.

Facebook always pushes features that they know will create controversy out the door with a setting a normal User would never care to set or know where to look for.

The least we can do is to try and share this information with our Facebook using friends and family.

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2 Responses to “How to Turn off Facebook’s New Facial Recognition Feature?”

  1. Real Estate Logo Design June 13, 2011 at 10:23 am #

    Inreally enjoyed this article. It is always nice when you read some thing that isnnot only informative but also entertaining. Excellent!

  2. Deborah August 30, 2012 at 7:55 am #

    I missed the boat on this one. I had no idea, that this was introduced on Facebook. Thank you for instructions on how to disable this feature.