Facebook announced it is launching a new facial recognition service designed to alert users when a picture featuring their image is uploaded to the platform. If the user is part of the audience for the post, it will give them the opportunity to tag themselves in the image, or reach out to the person who posted the image if there are privacy concerns. Facebook said the tool will also tell users if their image is used for a profile picture as an effort to deter the creation of fake profiles. The service is voluntary, and will be offered in most regions, with the exception of the EU and Canada. Meanwhile, Facebook saw a 21 percent increase in law enforcement agencies’ requests for user information in the first half of 2017.
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