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Facebook facial recognition software suggests photo tags

December 16, 2010 |  8:42 am

Profile Facebook users may find their names attached to more photos in coming weeks as the social networking site rolls out a new feature that uses facial recognition software to suggest photo tags.

The software matches faces in newly posted photos to those in previously tagged pictures and suggests the names of friends pictured in the new photo, according to Facebook's blog. U.S. Facebook users will begin to receive tag suggestions over the next few weeks.

Users can prevent their names from popping up in tag suggestions by disabling the suggested tag feature in their privacy settings. To do so, click "Customize Settings" and "Suggest photos of me to friends." Friends will still be able to manually tag users who disable the suggested tag feature.

Some commenters called the new concept creepy, but Facebook says it's just trying to make users' lives easier.

"While tags are an essential tool for sharing important moments, many of you have said tagging photos can be a chore," the Facebook blog said.

The social networking site has already launched a group-tagging feature that allows users to type one name and apply it to multiple photos of the same person.


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