Facebook today introduces a new feature to help people better manage their identity on the social networking platform using “face recognition.”
In addition, another new feature added today, let visually impaired people to know more about who is in the photos they encounter, as they can now hear aloud who’s in the photos they come across on Facebook.
The new face recognition leverages the same technology that powers “suggest friends” feature to tag, so people can now find photos of themselves even when they aren’t tagged in. Thus, making it easier for them to if someone is using their image as their profile picture. This will certainly help stoping impersonation.
With this tech in place, whenever a person appear in a photo, Facebook will notify them, even if they’ve been tagged.
The images below shows, how face recognition technology works on Facebook:
The new face recognition can be manage through a simple “on/off” setting control. “If your tag suggestions setting is currently set to “none,” then your default face recognition setting will be set to “off” and will remain that way until you decide to change it,” explains Facebook.
- Profile Photo Safety — Facebook will soon begin using face recognition tech to let people know when someone else uploads a photo of them as their profile picture.
- New Tools for People with Visual Impairments — In addition to already existing automatic alt-text tool, which describes photos to people with vision loss, this new face recognition will let people who use screen readers will know who appears in photos in their News Feed even if people aren’t tagged.
You can learn more about all of these features at your account settings or at the Help Center, or watch the two video below:
Additionally, the company alos announced new tools to prevent harassment on its platform and in Messenger with new features for personal profiles launches today, give people additional ways to manage their experience on Facebook.
The new features, include:
- Proactively recognize and help prevent unwanted contact like friend requests and messages when someone you blocked sets up a new account or tries to contact you from another account they control
- Provide the option to ignore a Messenger conversation and automatically move it out of your inbox, without having to block the sender
Update 12/21: Facebook introducing two updates to take its fight against the false news forward with as it will no more use Disputed Flags to identify false news, instead “Related Articles” will be used to provide people with more context about the story. By showing Related Articles rather than Disputed Flags “we can help give people better context,” writes the company. Indeed, “we’ve found that when we show Related Articles next to a false news story, it leads to fewer shares than when the Disputed Flag is shown.”
And, second, a new initiative that involve how people decide about the accuracy of an information based on the news sources they depend upon is started, that may help company in improving the quality of information over time. “By understanding how people decide what’s false and what’s not will be crucial to our success over time,” the company said.
Watch this video for more about today’s release: