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.
Google Photos Debuts Suggested Sharing, Photo Books
May 17, 2017
Google today made it easier to share photos with others. The new suggested sharing tool relies on machine learning to recognize faces in photos and match them with known contacts.
Facebook Has Shuttered Its Notify App
Jun 3, 2016
Facebook has closed Notify, an app it debuted last November to provide push notifications for breaking news and other content. Facebook notified Notify users this week that the app would be closed as of June 2.
Google Image Search Gains Badges to Help Classify Results
Aug 1, 2017
Google today added a new tool to image search that should help clarify what type of content is available within the individual search results. Moving forward, people will begin to see small badges in the bottom left corner of image results that indicate what's behind the image.
Facebook to Let You Snooze Annoying Friends and Pages
Dec 15, 2017
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.