Facebook photo facial recognition

Last Autumn a group of us visited Berlin, renting a bit apartment, exploring the city and taking lots of photos. I don’t upload photos to Facebook, I’m more of a Flickr guy, but it was interesting to watch Becky upload hers and compare the process.

The most striking, impressive and creepy difference was that Facebook seem to do facial detection identify faces then try to match them to your friends. I can see why they do it, more tagging = more engagement, but the unintended matching of drawn faces (and more so to real people) is pretty weird.

Berlin Wall mural of faces

Berlin wall face mural

Mural faces matched against a real person

Fiona matched with a wall face

More detected, but unmatched faces

Matched faces

I wonder how far this effect would stretch? Could Facebook start suffering from Pareidolia?