This is the first post in a series of posts designed to help you manage your social media footprint.
Facebook makes it sound as though facial recognition is great, doesn’t it? Check out their description of this feature. According to Facebook, facial recognition notifies you when someone uploads a photo of you, helps protect you from strangers using your image as their profile picture, and even helps visually impaired persons by telling them who is in an image. It’s totally awesome, right?!
But are the benefits of facial recognition worth the risk that someone can take a picture of you in public and identify you? That’s a question you have to answer for yourself. For folks who want to protect their privacy, facial recognition is downright creepy. Maybe even Orwellian.
Not nervous about it? Read this article. Think about it. Then if you’re still not convinced, think about all those photos you’re posting of your children on Facebook. Are you getting a little more nervous? You should be.
So how do you turn off facial recognition on Facebook? The good news is that it’s (allegedly) quite easy. (I say allegedly because do we really know if this simple procedure turns off facial recognition? Do we trust Facebook?)
Log into your Facebook account. Then click here on this link. You’ll see something that looks like this.
The question is self-explanatory. You want to make sure your answer is NO. If it isn’t, click on EDIT. Then click NO. Finally, click on CLOSE.
And you’re done. Supposedly.
Check back next week for another post about/tutorial on how to manage your social media profiles and footprint.