Facebook’s Controversial Facial Recognition feature addressed by the Company as Lawsuit follows
The controversial Facebook feature ‘Facial Recognition’ which was slowly dished out to the users last December, has become more of a worry for them then a convenience, according to security gurus and critics.
Facebook made new details available in the course of the lawsuit that it was facing earlier this month. Naturally, the social media giant posted their details instead of a spokesperson making statements. The very fact that Facebook’s ‘face prints’ biometric systems made a sublime entry in the additions was a point that many users felt uncomfortable leading to the privacy lawsuit that Facebook is facing.
User input regarding the ‘facial recognition’ activation feature varies as some say it is automatically activated while others noticed the notifications sent to them for the said feature to be turned on. Personally, we noticed a notification in the account regarding the feature whether to turn it on or not at the moment.
Initiated in part a couple of years ago the tagging and misuse of user images and profile pictures became a major issue and was addressed accordingly but is still an issue as always.
The ‘facial recognition’ notifications are now being sent to users in notifications where a particular user’s picture shows up and is not in accordance with the ‘new’ standards as Facebook is said to have set the verification and information notifications.
This is Facebook’s take on the subject. Various countries address similar issues with their own privacy and cyber-crime laws and regulations. All said and done, Walt Mossberg, a social media expert, author, and editor, clearly says in his tweet, a few hours ago ‘Pay careful attention to the part of this where @facebook says that opting into face recognition now will also automatically opt you in to “features we may add later”.
This is what Facebook has always been doing. Rolling out one feature and then automatically adding it to metrics creating algorithms in launching new features. The older ones get updated without many users even knowing what has gone on while they were lounging comfortably.
Every now-and-then, Facebook Inc. makes a few posts and clarifies its automation and feature induction methods but that is not a very frequent phenomenon. Notifications are the preferred method of the company.
To wrap up we will only say that be prepared to share everything and ditch security if you are going on Social Media platforms. Once in the social media lounge, everything is available to everyone one-way or the other. It is inevitable to be online and not be known.