5 Things You Need to Know This Week: Facebook Facial Recognition, QR Code, Premieres, & More!

1. Facebook has auto-enrolled users into a facial recognition test in Europe

Overview
Facebook is bringing its facial recognition technology back to Europe, even after agreeing with regulators to drop the feature nearly six years ago.

The rundown
Facebook says that the feature can help protect your privacy by allowing it to detect when another person is using your image as their profile picture. It can also recognize other faces and suggest friends you might want to tag in photos or videos.

TLDR (Quick recap)
Europe’s Facebook users are reporting that the social network has began giving them the option to turn on its controversial facial recognition technology.

Learn more about this recent news from BBC here

2. Facebook Adds New QR Code Option for Pages

Overview
Facebook keeps rolling out QR codes to connect users to profiles.

The rundown
Page managers can choose a code that automatically Likes the Page on the users’ behalf, checks in to your business location connect to a recommendation screen for the Page, connects to your ‘View Offers’ listing, and connects to a review Page.

TLDR (Quick recap)
Facebook adds a new QR code option for Pages that enables Page managers to create a range of scannable QR images for their Page in various formats.

Matt Navarra of the Next Web shared this new addition to Facebook’s features

3. Facebook Releases Updated Privacy Tools and Settings

Overview
Facebook has finally updated its latest privacy tools and settings.

The rundown
Facebook’s updated privacy tools and settings are now in compliance with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and will apply to all users across the world. They’ve also made it easier to opt-out of any targeting elements you might feel overstep the bounds.

TLDR (Quick recap)
Facebook has overhauled their system to make the privacy settings clearer and easier to understand.

Here’s the update from Facebook’s newsroom

4. Instagram Adds New Profile to Showcase Design and Creativity on the Platform

Overview
Instagram wants to show it designs for people and culture, and that the most important tool in their process is craft. So they created a new Instagram profile.

The rundown
The photo sharing app launched a specialised profile called @design. The new profile intends to showcase the work of Instagram’s design team, as well as that of emerging artists on a global scale.

TLDR (Quick recap)
Instagram’s new profile has one objective: support their designers and other emerging artists.

Check out their newly added Instagram profile here

5. Facebook is testing a way to let people watch video premieres in Facebook Live

Overview
Facebook is testing Facebook Premieres video format that will let video creators, publishers, and shows post pre-recorded video as live.

The rundown
Facebook is now testing the possibility of how users will be able to experience Premieres of videos like movie trailers, new episodes of Facebook Watch shows, or new content from their favourite creators in real time; just like watching a Facebook Live video, according to Facebook vice president of product, Fidji Simo.

TLDR (Quick Recap)
Facebook is testing a new video format called Facebook Premieres designed to “bring the Facebook Live experience to more videos.”

More about this exciting move by Facebook from Engadget’s report here

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