Don’t be a Weirdo: Facebook’s Freaky Facial Recognition
Creepy and intrusive. These are words that come to mind when Kipp thinks about Facebook’s Facial Recognition feature. Where’s the value in it?...other than more efficient stalking
June 12, 2011 1:01 by p.deleon
Reuters has run an interesting story on a Facebook function. If you haven’t read the piece, essentially the argument is around the development of its new facial recognition function. The new and improved feature is able to find and select the faces of a picture you upload on Facebook and accordingly suggest names to be tagged for each page.
Having used the feature, Kipp will have to admit the function has always been right on the money. Now of course, this feature isn’t new or unique to Facebook; Picasa and iPhoto make use of similar facial recognition technology.
But don’t you think this feature is crossing over a very thing borderline between innocently efficient friend-tagging and a freakish show of power over how much Facebook can actually control the information you supply them?
This bold move by Facebook to actually suggest they know who your friends are, and their direct FB I.D., is just a little too 1984 for us.
It’s bad enough that the all-pervasive Facebook already has as wide a coverage as it already enjoys, but enabling the facial recognition functionwithout the user’s approval is a whole different level of creepy.
So which camp do you fall in? Do you think Facebook’s new facial recognition is freakishly intrusive or just plain efficient?