Facebook creates a digital fingerprint of your face to automatically recognize and tag you in pictures and videos. But if you’re uncomfortable with having your facial data on Facebook, you can easily delete it and turn this feature off.
Turn off Facial Recognition on Facebook on Desktop
Start by visiting Facebook’s website on your Windows 10, Mac, or Linux desktop browser and log in to your profile.
Next, click the down arrow icon in the top-right corner and select “Settings & Privacy” from the drop-down menu.
In the following list of options, head into “Settings.”
From the menu on the left, choose the “Face recognition” section.
Select the blue “Edit” link located to the right of the “Face recognition” option.
Switch the drop-down setting found under “Do you want Facebook to be able to recognize you in photos and videos?” to “No.”
Hit “Close” to save the new preference.
Turn off Facial Recognition on Facebook on Mobile
In case you’re on an Android device, iPhone, or iPad, open the Facebook app. Touch the three-line button in the top-right corner.
Scroll down to the bottom and navigate to Settings & Privacy > Settings.
Under the “Privacy” section, select “Face Recognition.”
On the next screen, tap the “Do you want Facebook to be able to recognize you in photos and videos?” option.
Check the “No” option.
When you opt out of Facebook’s face recognition feature, it deletes your facial data from its servers.
In addition, Facebook will no longer automatically suggest that other people tag your face in any photo or video they upload. They’ll have to manually click on your face and select your name from their list of friends. Unlike before, you also won’t be notified if someone has posted any media of you without explicitly tagging your profile to it.
There’s a lot more that you can do to protect your privacy on Facebook, like checking all the data that the social network has on you and preventing it from sharing your personal information with third parties.