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Facebook is the social network – and business group – that brings the most new features to the market, with many tools integrating the final versions of the most established apps, while others do not pass the testing phase. beta. Now it comes to our attention that the company has turned its attention back to a powerful facial recognition tool.

Security is one of the pillars to be reinforced, especially after testing a function that stores the biometric data of users’ faces. Through the application for internal use it was possible to identify people by pointing the smartphone camera at them.

Facebook’s facial recognition “weapon”


As the publication advances BusinessInsider, Facebook created a facial recognition application quite advanced to the point of identifying users of the social network in a few seconds. To do this, simply point the smartphone camera at him.

The tool would have been abandoned by Mark Zuckerberg’s company due to the controversy surrounding it in the past, but according to the aforementioned source, the technology has taken up this project again. The reasons for this are not known.

Taking the testimony of several sources that preferred to remain anonymous, the BusinessInsider says that this tool is for the exclusive use of some employees of the social network. A “weapon” that allows them to identify users of the social network with their smartphones, something that can speed up their work within the company.

Starting from the identifications in the Facebook photos

Practical example of facial recognition on Facebook.

Any user can see on Facebook the option to identify other users in the photos submitted to the platform. The social network even helps you to identify people, automatically placing a square on the face of your friends / family. This is a small practical example of the facial recognition system in practice.

We know that this tool exists and that it will have been presented for the first time during an internal meeting in 2015. However, the public would not see its capabilities in action, except in the example above, of the recognition in the photos.

That same tool will have been available for the staff from 2016, albeit in beta, with promising capabilities, but at the same time, worrying.

Responsibility is called for in the use, even if internal, of the facial recognition tool

Facebook Viewpoints
Viewpoints is another of the experimental apps of the Facebook group.

The application was able to recognize a user in just 5 seconds. This was the time needed to show your name and profile picture on the social network.

However, Facebook confirmed the existence of such an application, but at the time a spokesman for the company ensured that facial recognition applied strictly to employees, staff the American giant and its friends who had authorized the use of this resource.

Whether limited use or not, the tool can have serious implications if used improperly. The risk to the privacy of the common user is quite evident if, for example, any employee decides to spread this app over the Internet.

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