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posted on Jun, 19 2012 @ 08:41 AM
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Facebook buys Israeli facial recognition firm Face.com


www.bbc.com

Social networking giant Facebook has decided to buy an Israeli startup specialising in facial recognition technology - Face.com.

The firm already provides software that allows Facebook's members to identify and tag photos of their friends.

Face.com's software scans photos Facebook users upload, and suggests friends they may wish to tag with just one click.

According to the social network, the acquisition does not mean there will be changes to Facebook's current face detection and recognition.
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posted on Jun, 19 2012 @ 08:41 AM
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"Facebook are in the process of building the largest and most accurate facial recognition database in the world, and with great power comes great responsibility," the organisation's head of communications, Emma Draper, told the BBC.



Facebook refuted the suggestion that it was building a facial recognition database, explaining that the technology simply allowed people on Facebook to tag images of their friends quickly and easily, without allowing users to identify anyone on the social network unless they were already friends with them.


This should worry the members of Facebook. I think facebook is bull#ting when it says that it will allow people to tag their friends faster. All one needs to do is type in 3 letters of their name, and bam, one can choose them.

Considering Facebook has been watching people's phones, having access to users memory cards, personal data and messages, it is no surprise that they would want to acquire facial recognition technology. Facebook is also the perfect place to build a database, as many users post pictures of themselves from all sorts of angles, allowing their face to be examined in detail.

We shall see how this plays out...

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posted on Jun, 19 2012 @ 08:45 AM
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Sounds like they are setting up the company to be the number one profiling databank in the world to me. Maybe they are planning to sell it all to the highest bidding government in a few years. Scary thought, seeing as how we all have willingly put our data in the database ourselves.



posted on Jun, 19 2012 @ 08:48 AM
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i never trusted facebook.


i haven't changed my mind.




peace.



posted on Jun, 19 2012 @ 09:00 AM
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This should worry the members of Facebook. I think facebook is bull#ting when it says that it will allow people to tag their friends faster. All one needs to do is type in 3 letters of their name, and bam, one can choose them.


the whole point is that you wouldn't have to, the software would scan the image, run the faces against it's database, and suggest the tags for you.

Again, if you are that scared of it, don't use it. I gave up caring a long time ago really, most of the people so adamant against facebook haven't even used it, let alone had their info leaked "by accident" so honestly, you shouldn't even have an opinion.

Facebook can't track you unless you allow them to, it really is that simple, there are various easy and even automatic methods to ensure you aren't being tracked.



posted on Jun, 19 2012 @ 09:35 AM
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Praise the Father. I am SOOOOOOO glad that I gave up my Facebook account!



posted on Jun, 19 2012 @ 09:39 AM
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Wait. Someoen can't have an opinion if they've never used Facebook? Really? Anyhow...

And Facebook can't track you unless you "allow them to"? You truly believe that? So it's the USERS fault if Facebook tracks you or leaks your info? Perhaps it's FB's fault for constantly CHANGING their privacy settings with little to no announcement at all, for making their privacy settings so complex.

And I was on FB for years before giving it up fairly recently so I guess I'm allowed to have an opinion.



posted on Jun, 19 2012 @ 10:00 AM
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everyday we move a little closer to a dystopian society. Facebook is rapidly becoming Big Brother and i willing use it all the time.
Facebook will be used to keep tabs on everyone at all times (like it isn't already). I really think that it's a front for a government or government sponsored agency.

if this facial recognition software is as good as is claimed, and if FB can improve/perfect it, it could possibly be used on unmanned drones and be able to find/eliminate just about anyone at anytime.

welcome to the New World Order, friends.



posted on Jun, 19 2012 @ 11:30 AM
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Face.com is an 11-employee startup located in the heart of Tel Aviv's startup community on Rothschild Boulevard, locally known as the Silicon Boulevard.

Any questions?

By the way... the actual company Facebook acquired is called "Vizi Labs," which is also an Israeli company (based in Lapid, Israel, which is halfway between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem and actually inside Palestinian territory), but the articles aren't mentioning that. Proof. Face.com is just one of their brands. Why would they leave out such an important detail?

More Vizi Labs info.
edit on 6/19/2012 by Thought Provoker because: Just can't stop adding details...



posted on Jun, 19 2012 @ 11:42 AM
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Balogny ... your face is on there ... it's too late. I don't care what kind of settings you have. Your sister, brother, sister-in-law, whoever, puts a family photo up and tags you and you have no control. You're up there. You don't control their settings. And as far as removing your account, forget it. If you had an account once, consider yourself tagged.



posted on Jun, 19 2012 @ 12:43 PM
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Ink, you've got to get away from FB haha. In all seriousness, though, I'm glad I gave mine up. It's like coming off an addiction and finally seeing things with clarity.



posted on Jun, 19 2012 @ 12:44 PM
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One of the reason why I never use Facebook or Facebook-like sites.
Good find, Daas.



posted on Aug, 15 2012 @ 09:55 PM
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Originally posted by TKDRL
Sounds like they are setting up the company to be the number one profiling databank in the world to me. Maybe they are planning to sell it all to the highest bidding government in a few years. Scary thought, seeing as how we all have willingly put our data in the database ourselves.


Facebook has refused to state publicly that they would prohibit sales to 3rd parties of the information collected from their fac recog software.

There are three ways to read this:

1) No problemo, trust Facebook.
2) They may or may not sell it.
3) Sold; just a matter of when.

Who wants to take a crack at this riddle?






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