Facebook Brings Back Tag Suggest Facial Recognition For Photos In U.S.

By David Cohen 

Facebook’s controversial tag suggest feature for photos, which was temporarily suspended last year amid concerns over the use of facial-recognition technology, is being re-enabled in the U.S., the social network announced in a post on its Facebook and Privacy page.

UPDATE: No changes were made to the functionality of tag suggest. The post read:

As we announced last year, we temporarily suspended our photo tag suggestion feature to make some technical improvements. Today, we’re re-enabling the feature in the U.S. so that people can use facial recognition to help them easily identify a friend in a photo and share that content with them. This is the same feature that millions of people previously used to help them quickly share billions of photos with friends and family.

To learn more about tag suggestions and how to control them, check out our help center here: https://www.facebook.com/help/tag-suggestions and our original blog post here: http://bit.ly/tagsuggestion. If you have questions about tag suggestions, you can ask our chief privacy officer to answer them by clicking “Ask Erin” on the Facebook and Privacy page.

Readers: Do you feel comfortable using facial-recognition technology via Facebook?