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Facebook facial recognition: How to opt out

Facebook Has Automatically Signed You Up for Facial Recognition. Here’s How to Opt Out.


Gail Sredanovic of the activist group Raging Grannies protests outside of Facebook’s former Palo Alto headquarters in 2010.

Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Now that we know Facebook is about to get a lot better at recognizing our faces, what can we do about it?

If you’re the sort of person who wants your friendly social media company to get to know you as well as possible, I have good news: You don’t have to do anything at all. Facebook signs you up for facial recognition by default, so all you have to do is sit back and let your friends teach the company’s algorithms exactly how to identify your face in their photos. In fact, there’s a good chance this is already happening, since Facebook was using some of’s technology even before the acquisition.

If, on the other hand, you still cling to quaint notions about privacy and anonymity, the news is mixed. There’s no way to stop Facebook from learning what you look like based on the photos in which you’re tagged, and if you haven’t already opted out, it may know your mug pretty well already. But you can easily opt out of the feature in which Facebook uses that information to make your name pop up whenever your friends upload a photo of you.

In his Naked Security blog, Graham Cluley of the computer security firm Sophos explains how. His handy guide comes with pictures, but here are the three basic steps:

1.     Open your Facebook privacy settings
2.     Next to “Timeline and Tagging,” select “Edit Settings.”
3.     Next to “Who sees tag suggestions when photos that look like you are uploaded?”, select “No One,” then click “OK.”

You’ll notice that the only choices are “Friends” and “No One.” Surely mindful of the potential blowback, Facebook doesn’t even give you the option to let random strangers identify you based solely on your face—for the time being, anyway. And outside of a fewJeff Jarvis types, it’s hard to imagine a lot of people clamoring for it to be added. (That doesn’t mean Facebook will never do it, of course.)

In his post, Cluley wonders, “If Facebook’s facial database is such a great concept, why doesn’t the company present its arguments to users as to why they should want to participate in it, and invite them to ‘opt-in’ to being included in the huge collection of faces?”

I assume the question is rhetorical. As I’ve argued before, Facebook has already done the hard work of making itself valuable to its users. Its big challenge now is to make its users valuable to its investors. We don’t know yet exactly how Facebook will monetize facial recognition—no doubt it will have to tread carefully. Regardless, it’s clear that making the feature “opt-out” will result in a much better and more extensive database than the company would get if it asked people to opt in, as Google+ does.

 Facebook facial recognition: How to opt out.

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Instagram Users Fail to Welcome Their New Overlord –

Instagram Users Fail to Welcome Their New Overlord


 | April 10, 2012


screenshot via InstagramMark Zuckerberg shared his fourth photo ever on Instagram on Tuesday after purchasing the company for $1 billion.

Beast, Mark Zuckerberg’s dog, had his moment of fame on Instagram Monday. The Facebook founder shared a picture of the shaggy-haired mutt late in the evening after his company announced it was purchasing Instagram for $1 billion.

It was only Mr. Zuckerberg’s fourth post since signing up for Instagram in October 2010. (That’s $250 million a photo.)

Some Instagram users embraced Mr. Zuckerberg, congratulating him on the acquisition and welcoming him back to the service after he had not shared a photo in 43 weeks. Others took the opportunity to voice their dismay about the deal and share fears that Instagram will be destroyed by the social media giant.

“Congrats on the purchase…” wrote monkm, an Instagram user. “I must add however that most of us on IG are on here because it’s not FB not that there’s anything wrong with FB it’s just we like the community here…”

Another user, anna777loves777you, said: “@zuck thanks for taking IG away from us!!!”

An especially vitriolic comment written by brianbrutal said, “Stick to being overlord of FaceBook. We don’t want you on Instagram.” The comment has since been deleted.

When I posted a photo on Instagram about the Facebook acquisition, one user raised a concern:

“Oh no! I’m in china. Chinese government blocked the Facebook,” wrote June Penelope Lee. “If Instagram combine with Facebook that means I might cannot use this anymore.”

While many applauded the Instagram founders on Twitter for successfully selling the company, others said they would quit Instagram, just as they had Facebook in the past. You can see a few sample Twitter messages below.

Others shared instructions on how to download your Instagram photos and delete an account from the service.

 Instagram Users Fail to Welcome Their New Overlord –

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Gingrich campaign charges $50 for photos – CNN Political Ticker – Blogs

Gingrich campaign charges $50 for photos


Gingrich campaign charges $50 for photos


 (CNN) – Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s campaign tacked on a new fundraising effort Monday, charging supporters $50 a pop for anyone who wants a photo with the former House speaker.

“Some campaigns make you travel all the way to Wall Street to pay $2,500 for a photo with a candidate,” campaign spokesman R.C. Hammond said in a statement. “We chose to do it differently and ask our supporters for a nominal donation.”

Gingrich campaigned in Delaware on Monday, continuing his march to collect more delegates in the Republican presidential nominating contest. The state holds its primary on April 24.

The new photo charge comes one week after numbers released by the campaign showed the candidate spent about $200,000 more in February than he raised, and carries about as much debt as cash on hand.

His fundraising haul of $2.6 million for the month marked a big drop from January, when he took in $5.6 million.

“We also have an online store where supporters can buy hats, shirts and even a bandana for your dog,” Hammond said.

 Gingrich campaign charges $50 for photos – CNN Political Ticker – Blogs.

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Iceland Picture – Aurora Photo – National Geographic Photo of the Day

Photo: An aurora lights up the sky over a lake

Aurora Borealis, Iceland

Photograph by Olgeir Andresson, Your Shot

This Month in Photo of the Day: Travel and Adventure Photos

This photo was taken in Iceland.

Iceland Picture – Aurora Photo – National Geographic Photo of the Day.

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