Facebook is changing a fundamental feature of its service: The way it suggests tags for photos you upload. Previously, when you uploaded a photo to Facebook the service would suggest potential tags for people it identified in the photo. But now, amid ongoing privacy concerns and a historic $5 billion FTC fine, Facebook is flipping the way it works: If you opt-in to face-recognition functionality, Facebook will now suggest photos you should be tagged in (rather than suggesting those tags to whoever uploaded the photo). Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.
Facebook made a huge change on Tuesday: The social media service no longer suggests friends to tag in uploaded photos, one of the staples of the service. Now, and only if you choose to opt-in to Facebook's face recognition option, Facebook will offer you suggestions for photos you may be in. If you approve, then those tags will be added to the photo. Previously, if you uploaded a photo, Facebook would automatically suggest friends to tag in the photo based on the faces it recognized in the image — a service which used some form of facial recognition to offer the suggested tags. It's a subtle change to how Facebook works, but it's a crucial one: It puts control of face recognition in the hands of users rather than automatically using software to recognize users.
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