Saturday, June 18, 2011

How to Disable Facebook Face Recognition / Tag Suggestion Feature For Privacy?

Facebook has a number of features meant to enhance the networking experience for users, but the problem is that in developing many of these features Facebook continually chooses to implement them as a default setting, forcing users to have to opt-out of participation rather than allowing them to opt-in.

The latest addition is the global roll out of the facial recognition feature that is designed to automatically make an attempt to recognize faces in photos submitted by members and make “tagging suggestions”.

The new face recognition feature in Facebook can intelligently suggests the name of the friends for automatic picture tagging. The new feature is called Tag Suggestion where Facebook tries to automatically identify the faces in the uploaded photos based on the other photos where the people are tagged in. Therefore, you could be tagged by Facebook automatically when your friend uploads photos that contain your face in it.

Well, it might be a helpful feature to reduce the chore of photo tagging but here are the steps for you to disable Facebook’s facial recognition for your profile if you are not comfortable with this feature:
  • Login to Facebook.
  • Click at “Account” link from the top right corner and select “Account Settings” upon login.
  • Click the “manage” link under the “Privacy” section.

  • Click “Customize Settings” link from the Privacy Settings page.

  • Click “Edit Settings” button from the “Suggest photos of me to friends” under the “Things others share” section.

  • Select “Disabled” from the dropdown menu from the popped up window.
  • Click the “Okay” button and you are done.


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