Facebook today rolled out a new feature meant to help people control when and where their image is posted to Facebook. Using the same facial recognition functions meant for tagging, Facebook will now notify people when they appear in a photo on Facebook even if they haven’t been tagged. This will only work if the photo is shared within the user’s network/audience (i.e., with friends). The idea is to make it easier for people to control whether or not they are tagged or identified directly in pictures. Another new tool helps add a layer of security to Facebook; the social network will alert people if someone else uses their photo as a profile photo. The idea here is to prevent people from impersonating others. Last, Facebook is taking steps to improve the experience for those with visual impairments. Moving forward, people who use screen readers will be alerted about who appears in photos in their News Feed, even if the people in the photo aren’t tagged. Facebook says it made these controls easy to manage with clear “on/off” toggles that appear in the settings menu. The new functions are rolling out to most users over the next few days.
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