Creeptastic New Facebook Feature Can Identify Faceless Photos

Creeptastic New Facebook Feature Can Identify Faceless Photos

You can't hide from Facebook, even if you literally cover your face in a friend's photo!

Like a stalker who weirdly knows everything about you, the social networking giant is now developing an experimental algorithm that can recognize you in photographs even when your mug is obscured. The software looks for different characteristics like hairdo, clothing, body shape and pose and compares them to those characteristics in earlier photos.

"There are a lot of cues we use. People have characteristic aspects, even if you look at them from the back," according to Yann LaCun, head of artificial intelligence at Facebook. "For example, you can recognise Mark Zuckerberg very easily, because he always wears a gray T-shirt."

The algorithm is able to recognize individual people's identities with 83 percent accuracy. It was presented earlier this month at the Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition conference in Boston, Massachusetts.

The question is, why does Facebook need to know this? What is the point? It's all very exceedingly creepy. If people are covering their faces, chances are they don't want their photo online. This is one "innovation" that seems designed just to make us all feel very weirded out!