Facebook face recognition finds friends in photos

Facebook is using facial recognition software to let US users automatically identify friends in photos.

Last Updated: Dec 16, 2010, 15:43 PM IST

San Francisco: Facebook is using facial recognition software to let US users automatically identify friends in photos at the world`s leading online social
network.

A "tag suggestion" feature crafted to identify people in uploaded pictures should be rolled out to all US users in the next few weeks, Facebook engineer Justin Mitchell said
yesterday in a blog post.

"Now if you upload pictures from your cousin`s wedding, we`ll group together pictures of the bride and suggest her name," Mitchell said.

"Instead of typing her name 64 times, all you`ll need to do is click `Save` to tag all of your cousin`s pictures at once."

More than 100 million "tags" are added to photos at Facebook daily, according to the engineer.

When a Facebook user uploads digital pictures, newly added software matches faces to those that have been tagged, or named, in other photos, Mitchell said.

People who don`t want their names automatically suggested in photo tags can disable the feature by adjusting Facebook privacy settings, according to the engineer.

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