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How to Disable Face Recognition on Facebook

In mid-December last year, Facebook announced that it has rolled out free tools to allow its billions of users “to better manage their identity on Facebook using face recognition.”

Powered by the same technology we’ve used to suggest friends you may want to tag in photos or videos, these new features help you find photos that you’re not tagged in and help you detect when others might be attempting to use your image as their profile picture,” said Facebook director of applied machine learning Joaquin Quiñonero Candela.

Candela explained that users gave them feedback that they want to manage face recognition on their own so his department paired the tool with “on/off” control.

Candela also said they introduced a way for visually-impaired people to know more about who is in the photos on Facebook.

New announcement

A couple of days ago, there was a new announcement about face recognition on Facebook.

For the most part, the message reiterated the purpose behind face recognition technology.

At the last part, the Facebook Team said: “You can control face recognition. This setting is off, but you can turn it on anytime, which applies to features we may add later.

Disabling Face Recognition

Mashable has listed steps for Facebook users to turn off face recognition on mobile and desktop.

For mobile:

  • Click ‘More’ on your profile. It can be seen on the right, under your profile photo
  • Click ‘View Privacy Shortcuts’
  • Click ‘More Settings’
  • Click ‘Face Recognition’
  • Click on the question ‘Do you want Facebook to be able to recognize you in photos and videos?’
  • Toggle from ‘Yes’ to ‘No’

On desktop:

  • At the top of Facebook, click the down arrow on the menu bar
  • Click ‘Settings’
  • In the list, click ‘Face Recognition’
  • In the face-recognition screen, click ‘Edit’
  • Toggle from ‘Yes’ to ‘No’

What’s Next?

There are easy steps to turn off face recognition on Facebook. Just follow them, and you’d have peace of mind.

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