Facebook Facial Recognition Tool Lets You Find Yourself In Untagged Photos
Facebook today rolled out a new feature meant to help people control when and where their image is posted to Facebook. Using the same facial recognition functions meant for tagging, Facebook will now notify people when they appear in a photo on Facebook even if they haven't been tagged. This will only work if the photo is shared within the user's network/audience (i.e., with friends). The idea is to make it easier for people to control whether or not they are tagged or identified directly in pictures. Another new tool helps add a layer of security to Facebook; the social network will alert people if someone else uses their photo as a profile photo. The idea here is to prevent people from impersonating others. Last, Facebook is taking steps to improve the experience for those with visual impairments. Moving forward, people who use screen readers will be alerted about who appears in photos in their News Feed, even if the people in the photo aren't tagged. Facebook says it made these controls easy to manage with clear "on/off" toggles that appear in the settings menu. The new functions are rolling out to most users over the next few days.
Facebook's Photo Magic Hits Messenger
Facebook says tests of Photo Magic have gone well and today it is adding the feature to Messenger for users in the U.S. Photo Magic scans users' camera roll using face-recognition software.
Facebook: Breaking Up Shouldn't Be Hard To Do
Facebook is testing new tools to help people better manage relationships that have ended. The tools are activated when people change their status from "in a relationship with..." to something else.
Facebook to Delete Mobile Photos In Move to Force Adoption of 'Moments' App
Facebook has begun informing people that photos privately synced from mobile phones to the social network will soon be deleted. Facebook allowed people to automatically backup photos from phones to its servers and store them privately for a time.
Facebook to Let You Snooze Annoying Friends and Pages
Facebook today rolled out a new feature for its News Feed that will allow people to temporarily silence friends, pages, and other content they don't want to see. Selecting the new Snooze tool, which appears in the drop-down menu on individual posts, lets people unfollow any person or page for 30 days.