Facebook's Photo Magic scans your camera roll with facial recognition tech

Published November 10th, 2015 - 01:51 GMT

The company is rolling out a Messenger feature called Photo Magic that scans your phone's camera roll and identifies photos of you and your friends, then asks if you would like to send the photos to those friends via Messenger. It's now available in Australia for Android and will be coming to iOS in a few days, with more countries in the future, TechCrunch reported.

Facebook says it's solving the very complicated and stressful problem of forgetting or just not having the time to send your friends photos of them. Because Facebook automatically recognizes faces and connects them to a Facebook account, it will enable you to send the photo to your friends in the picture (if they haven't opted-out of facial recognition). And if it's a bunch of you in a group, it will prompt a group message. 

It's not the first time Facebook's slithered its invasive facial recognition technology into the camera roll. You might remember Moments, the standalone app that used the same tech to recognize friends and share photos privately within the app. This time, though, Photo Magic is baked in to Messenger, the app with 700 million monthly users. 

You will have to opt-in to Photo Magic and give Messenger access to your photos. You can also stop Facebook's software from recognizing your face by visiting the "Timeline and Tagging" menu under "Settings."


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