You’ve gone to great lengths to make sure that all photos of you online are perfect:
- You hid tagged photos that made you look like the Devil’s Anus from your timeline.
- You beg your friends not to upload pictures in which you look like Gollum’s slightly more sane twin sibling.
- You take selfies with science: meaning to say, each picture must be taken at a specific angle to showcase your V-shaped face, V-shaped brows and V-shaped nose hair.
In essence, all the steps you would need to take to be the perfect online persona.
But just when you were thinking, “Damn, everything’s perfect,” something hits you.
“Arghhh!” you yell, rubbing your jaw. “But damn, I forgot about non-tagged photos!”
Yes… those despicable, utterly disrespectful photos that people post of you… without tagging you.
You invested 18 hours a day into scouring the web for photos of you. Along the way, you threatened to sue people who posted pictures of individuals who looked like you but were giving funny faces.
Yet at the end of the day, you gotta admit: “This isn’t working.”
Just as you’re about to give up, a ray of hope dawns on you.
“Arghhh! I’m going blind!” you scream as you clutch your eye. “Who’s turning on those damn light projectors?!”
Anyways, on 19 Dec, Facebook incorporated a way for people to know when their pictures are uploaded on the leading social network.
Which means that yes, you can now remove any unglamorous non-tagged photos of you.
How does it work?
According to director of applied machine learning Joaquin Quinonero Candela, users will now be notified when their images appear on the social network.
The notifications will count on optional new tools that “tap into face-recognition capabilities and already suggest friends to “tag” in pictures uploaded to Facebook”.
“If you’re in a photo and are part of the audience for that post, we’ll notify you, even if you haven’t been tagged,” Candela said in a blog post.
Facebook users will also be able to tag themselves in images posted elsewhere on the social network, or convey concerns about pictures to people who upload them. They can also inform Facebook that the face isn’t his/hers, or report an image for violating the site’s rules.
Face recognition technology
Additionally, Facebook will be applying the face recognition technology to profile photos, in an attempt to deter people from being “impersonated on the social network”.
At the same time, it’s also being applied to provide visually impaired people “more information about images at Facebook”.
The new features were being pushed out on Facebook everywhere except Canada and the European Union, where face-recognition technology is not being utilised.
What does it mean for us?
Apart from the obvious fact that we no longer have to worry about non-tagged photos, impersonation accounts should also be cut down by the bulk.
Visually impaired people will also benefit: photos sent by friends will be described in text format.
So yeah, it’s a win-win situation for all, I guess.
Well done, Facebook! I might just quit Instagram for you again!
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