Facebook stops the tag suggestions feature, the company announced on Tuesday on its blog. With the option, social media users could easily tag friends in photos and videos, because Facebook linked the face to a friend's name.
With the tag suggestion settings, users could indicate whether Facebook was allowed to scan images to recognize their users' faces. This allowed the company to determine whether users were featured in photos being uploaded.
From Tuesday on, Facebook will ask its users worldwide if they want to enable face recognition. The setting becomes visible for new accounts and accounts that previously had access to the tag suggestion setting.
Facebook will not scan faces of users who do not get the settings or have the settings, but do not explicitly give permission to enable the function. The Photo Control function, which informs users if their face appears on another user's photo, is also not activated in that case.
US lawsuit over tag suggestions
For many years, tag suggestions has been the subject of a lawsuit between Facebook and users from the US state of Illinois. The users claim that the social medium violates local law regarding the storage of biometric data.
In August, a federal appeal judge in San Francisco decided that the case could go between the two parties as so-called " class action lawsuit ." By objecting to this status, Facebook tried to prevent a collective claim, which could run into billions.