Facebook Helps Users Opt Out of Facial Recognition

Posted Jul 27, 2011

After some concern about the privacy issues surrounding Facebook’s face recognition tech, Facebook has begun running ads to teach users how to opt out of the feature. Facebook’s decision to run these ads follows discussion between the company and George Jepsen, Connecticut’s Attorney General. Reuters reports that any user who follows the ad’s instructions to opt out of the facial recognition “Tag Suggestions” program will have their face detection data deleted from Facebook’s systems.

In response to Connecticut’s other concerns with the social network, Facebook has also updated their fake account reporting process, which in the past has had problems with shutting down real accounts and not shutting down impostors.