Facebook to debut tools to manage facial recognition

(CBS) -- Facebook will debut tools to users manage the website's facial recognition technology.

Though the company has used facial recognition technology since 2010 to detect and name faces, it will soon allow people on the site to opt out.

In a blog post by director of applied machine learning, Joaquin Quiñonero Candela said the changes will be "optional tools to help people better manage their identity on Facebook using face recognition." Within the app, you can choose whether Facebook can recognize you in photos and videos by choosing "Yes" or "No."

If you opt in, Facebook also has a new feature than can "help you find photos that you're not tagged in and help you detect when others might be attempting to use your image as their profile picture." You can also "choose whether to tag yourself, leave yourself untagged or reach out to the person who posted the photo if you have concerns about," Candela continued.

With the exception of Canada and the E.U., the new setting will appear everywhere.