How to Turn Off Facial Recognition on Facebook

If you are concerned about Facebook scanning all the photos and videos you post to the social network you can disable facial recognition. Here’s how.

Facebook has been using facial recognition technology for years. When enabled, it scans the photos and videos you’ve posted to suggest people you can tag based on who’s in your photo. If you have concerns about privacy on the social network, here’s how to opt-out of Facebook’s facial recognition technology.

Disable Facebook’s Facial Recognition Feature

First, launch a browser on your computer and log in to your Facebook account if you aren’t already. Then click the Account dropdown button on the upper-right corner of the page. Then click Settings & Privacy.

Next, click on Settings from the menu.

Now on the Settings page click on Face Recognition from the left-hand pane.

Now under the Face Recognition Settings section click on the Edit button on the right of “Do you want Facebook to be able to recognize you in photos and videos?”

Then from the dropdown menu select No.

That’s it. After you make the change to No you can close out of the section and return to your homepage.

Facial recognition technology has become a hot-button privacy issue lately. And Facebook isn’t known for being the best stewards of your data (or any social media for that matter).

The company’s own research touts that Facebook holds “the largest facial dataset to date” powered by facebook’s DeepFace, the company’s deep-learning facial recognition system.

The company recently agreed to pay $650 million to settle a class-action lawsuit against its use of facial recognition technology. So, if you are creeped out about the facial recognition system used by Facebook you might want to turn it off.

Of course, if you have no desire to deal with Facebook’s privacy settings at all, you can permanently delete your account.



  1. Brian

    June 22, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    Yeah, I would definitely enable this. Even though, I imagine Facebook is thinking it will make connecting easier, but facial recognition seems creepy

    • Steve Krause

      June 22, 2012 at 4:14 pm

      Get used to it. It’s much easier to track the faces than the finger tips :)

  2. Autumn56

    June 23, 2012 at 11:43 am

    Are there any other social websites out there; besides MySpace, etc maybe less well known?
    I only signed up for FB to locate some long lost family and friends. I am not out to make new friends, etc I have all of my privacy settings as tight as they can be; but I can’t keep up with them!! Anyway I am sick of FB but have no other platform to stay in contact with my long lost family as we all live far apart. Any help would be appriciated!

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