Palo Alto, Calif. – Facebook on Thursday announced that it
has begun using facial recognition software as a means of increasing the number
of photos that are "tagged" with the names of the users they depict.
The software will now examine past uploaded photos, and "suggest"
names of similar-looking people that it recognizes in newly uploaded photos.
for any reason you don’t want your name to be suggested, you will be able to
disable suggested tags in your Privacy Settings," the company wrote in a
"Just click ‘Customize Settings’ and ‘Suggest photos of me to
friends.’ Your name will no longer be suggested in photo tags, though friends
can still tag you manually."
Facebook notes that users are currently
adding more than 100 million photo tags daily.
In October, the company added
"group tagging," where a user could automatically tag the same person
in a group of uploaded photos.