Last year, Facebook launched a new feature for its photo-tagging service that was both praised and criticized. People who loved uploading photographs found joy in not having to manually tag all their friends each time they uploaded a new album, while there were people on the other end of the spectrum concerned about the facial recognition data that Facebook collected with the feature.
There was a way to opt out of the service, but most people have been unaware about it or even how to disable it. Well it looks like Facebook has listened, and has made some changes to inform its users about the feature. Facebook has started running ads on users’ home pages telling them about the features and how to disable it if they choose to do so. If they do – any facial recognition that was collected previously will be deleted.
How many of you have chosen to opt out of the service? Is it a big deal to you? Honestly, I don’t see the difference between facial recognition tagging you in a photograph and your friend doing the same thing – either way you end up tagged. If you don’t want to be tagged in the first place, why not just disable tagging completely?