Social Media Facebook How to Disable Facebook's Facial Recognition Feature Facebook can identify your face. Creepy or cool? You decide. by Andy O'Donnell Writer Andy O'Donnell, MA, is a former freelance contributor to Lifewire and a senior security engineer who is active in internet and network security. our editorial process Andy O'Donnell Updated on October 13, 2020 Yuri_Arcurs / Getty Images Facebook Facebook Flipboard Pinterest Twitter Snapchat Instagram YouTube Online Dating Tweet Share Email The stated purpose of Facebook's facial recognition technology is to assist users with tagging their friends in photos. Unfortunately, testing done by some reviewers has found the technology to be less than accurate. In Europe, Facebook was required to delete European users' facial recognition data due to privacy concerns. Facebook's facial recognition will likely improve over time and more applications for the technology will be found. As the technology matures, some people will view facial recognition data as harmless, but others will have concerns about how the data is used. Whatever your position, here's how to adjust your privacy settings to disable facial recognition How to You Disable Facebook's Facial Recognition Features Follow these steps to stop Facebook from auto-tagging with facial recognition. Log into Facebook and select the down-arrow icon in the upper-right corner, then select Settings & Privacy > Privacy Shortcuts. Under Privacy, select See more privacy settings. From the menu on the left, select Face Recognition. Next to the setting labeled, "Do you want Facebook to be able to recognize you in photos and videos?" select Edit. Select the drop-down box that appears and choose No. Why and How Does Facebook Use Face Recognition? According to Facebook's help site, there are two ways Facebook uses its facial recognition technology: To find photos and video you’re in so we can help you review or share content, suggest tags, and provide more relevant content and feature recommendations. To help protect you and others from impersonation and identity misuse, and improve platform reliability. Currently, photo tagging appears to be the only thing that Facebook is using their facial recognition technology for, but this may likely change in the future as other uses are discovered. The best advice for dealing with any Facebook privacy concerns you may have is to check your privacy settings at least once a month to see if there is something that you were opted-in to that you would rather opt-out of.