Facebook Rolling Out New Face Recognition Photo Tags
Also: Site poised for $2B in revenue this year
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Dec 16, 2010 2:20 PM CST
In this Nov. 15, 2010 file photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg smiles at an announcement in San Francisco.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

(Newser) – Get ready for another Facebook update: Next week, the site will start rolling out new face-recognition technology for photos, the Huffington Post reports. It’s “comforting” to know that the service won’t be automatic, writes Larry Magid. If the site thinks it recognizes someone, it will ask you for confirmation. Ignore it, and no tagging takes place. Privacy settings won’t change—you’ll still be alerted when you’re tagged and able to remove any unwanted tags.

You’ll also be able to opt out of the service, meaning the site won’t try to recognize you in your friends’ pictures. Face-recognition technologies are still fairly unreliable, says an expert; perhaps for that reason, Facebook will attempt to identify only those of your friends you contact the most. Meanwhile, the site is expected to generate $2 billion in revenue this year, insiders tell Bloomberg.

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BillBlackfield
Dec 17, 2010 1:51 AM CST
This seems like another area which can lead to security issues. I think this is going to be completely worthless. Facebook just seems to be getting less and less secure by the day. TThese new features will just make facebook worse. I have quit facebook and am currently looking at Diaspora. This too has issues and i am waiting for the launch of MyCube. Hopefully this lives up to its promise
Asas
Dec 16, 2010 5:44 PM CST
The problem is you are alerted the next morning, after 400 people have already seen/copied the photo. Oh yeah and thanks for allowing people to opt out Facebook, most gracious of you. Again, people aren't going to even know about this feature until it's too late. But hey, I'm just a dumb pleb who chooses not to do Facebook so what do I know?