To help combat any potentially embarrassing situations and to help users know exactly how and when their image appears on social media, Facebook’s facial recognition technology can now determine if you are in a picture -- even if you aren't tagged -- and send you an alert so that you can either ignore it, or choose to take action by contacting the uploader.
"You’re in control of your image on Facebook and can make choices such as whether to tag yourself, leave yourself untagged, or reach out to the person who posted the photo if you have concerns about it," writes Joaquin Quiñonero Candela, Facebook Director of Applied Machine Learning.
"We want people to feel confident when they post pictures of themselves on Facebook so we’ll soon begin using face recognition technology to let people know when someone else uploads a photo of them as their profile picture. We’re doing this to prevent people from impersonating others on Facebook."
One thing to keep in mind is that this upgraded facial recognition technology won't work retroactively. So, this means that you won't soon be bombarded with hundreds or thousands of notifications regarding previously untagged photos that you appear in on Facebook. Instead, it will only work going forward with newly uploaded photographs.
This new facial recognition system will be accessible within Facebook settings using a simple on/off control system.