Facebook Is About to Take Cyber Stalking to a Whole New Level of Creepy​

There's a special feeling of dread you get when you get the email or push notification on your cellphone that someone has tagged you in a picture on Facebook. Why is it that it's more often than not a terrible photo of you, and all you want to do is respond and say, "That's not me! It's my ugly twin!"?

Or you know, maybe it's a picture of you out doing shots off the bar the night before you called in "sick" to work, and then your boss sees it. Whoops. Anyway, Facebook may be about to take stalking to a whole new level thanks to a program called DeepFace, and yes, it's as creepy as it sounds.

Facebook already owns the world's largest photo library, and now thanks to some ominous artificial intelligence, it will be able to recognize human faces with alarming accuracy. And since Facebook doesn't really seem to give a hoot about your privacy, there's really nothing to stop them from auto-tagging photos other people post of you.

Ugh, I'm getting a headache just thinking about it.

Right now it's still in the research and development phase, so it's not going to affect Facebook's billion-plus users, but don't be fooled that CEO Mark Zuckerberg won't use every tool at his disposal to analyze users to create an optimal experience figure out how to make more money.

Rumor is that Zuckerberg wants to move even further than facial recognition when it comes to cyber stalking your accounts. Apparently he's told investors in the past that he would like to use AI to analyze the "text of status updates and comments to decipher mood and context."

Too far, Facebook. Too far.

Are you creeped out by Facebook's cyber stalking capabilities?


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nonmember avatar Moni

Please, before you write a freak out article about the "interwebs" do a tiny bit of research. You can EASILY turn off all tagging of your pictures or make it so you have to approve all tags before they become available to others.

lasombrs lasombrs

I don't have a Facebook Page so it won't bother me

youth... youthfulsoul

Same here. No Facebook. Unconcerned. But yes, I'm sure there's a way to turn it off or have to approve it first.

Zoras... ZorasMommy

The facial recognition is already horrible. It tries to tag my daughter as my mother and my son as myself some times and other times as a person who isnt even related. Its tried to tag me as my mom before as well, and I dont believe I look much like her as I have more of my fathers features

Mommy... Mommy1438

They don't have much mood-deciphering to do.. These days ppl straight out say "I'm so depressed/pissed/enthusiatic/excited/horny." etc.

nonmember avatar Foster

This makes me all the more relieved that I got rid of Facebook

mom2212 mom2212

And there's yet another reason I'm glad we don't do facebook in our house. 

Kazoo22 Kazoo22

If it goes so far as to auto-tag without the option to turn it off, I would then get ride of my facebook account as I'm sure many others (smart people) would do. If it came down to no option to opt-out, the site would be left with mostly ignorant people and those obsessed with social media. 

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