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How to disable Facebook’s photo recognition software

07
Jun
2011

Last year Facebook implemented a new feature for North American users that uses facial recognition software to “help” your Facebook friends tag you in their photos. If you have this option enabled, any time one of your friends uploads a photo, Facebook will “suggest” you as a match based on the recommendations of the software.

It is important to note that your photo will only appear as a suggestion to your friends only. Facebook will not recommend you as a match to someone not on your friends list. Some people may still find this a little unnerving and may not want to be recommended or tagged in photos at all. Sadly, you don’t have a choice in the matter of photo tagging. Facebook allows your friends to tag you in photos, and there is no way to disable this. You must manually un-tag yourself in any unflattering photos. However, you do have a choice in whether you want to have the facial recognition feature enabled or disabled. Not surprisingly, it is enabled by default. If you want to opt-out of this feature, then follow the steps below: 

You need to access your privacy settings by clicking ‘Account‘ then ‘Privacy Settings‘ located in the top right corner of your Facebook page.

Now click ‘Customize settings‘ located in the bottom center of the page.

Scroll down until you see “Things others share” and look for “Suggest photos of me to friends.

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Now all you have to do is click ‘Edit Settings‘ and disable the feature.

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This feature still may not be available for all users, but now would be a great time to check – especially if you do not want this enabled on your Facebook account.

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