Facebook has quietly brought facial-recognition technology back in Europe after disabling its tag suggest feature there in October 2012, but it only works on friends from the U.S. who have enabled the tag suggest option in their profile settings, according to a report by TechCrunch.
Facebook’s Preferred Marketing Developer program added some Turkish flavor with its addition of Istanbul-based Adphorus, an ad-optimization platform that uses the social network’s ads application-programming interface.
Facebook launched its Bullying Prevention Hub for U.S. users last November, aimed at stamping out bullying on the social network, and the compilation of resources is now available to users in the U.K. and the rest of Europe, according to Sophos’ Naked Security blog.
Facebook has established a strong presence in London, and its Parse cloud application platform will now follow suit, as its co-founder and CEO, Ilya Sukhar, announced in a blog post that it will begin building a team in London.
Mark Hamilton, who had been a client managing director, Middle East and north Africa, for Starcom Mediavest Group, joined Facebook as head of marketing communications for the central and Eastern Europe, Middle East, and Africa (CEEMEA) regions, The Drum reported.
With OCP Summit V taking place at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, Calif., Tuesday and Wednesday, Open Compute Project Chairman and President Frank Frankovsky, vice president of hardware design and supply chain operations at Facebook, discussed the group’s achievements over the past year in a post on the Open Compute Project blog.
EDITED: Not With Facial-Recognition Technology, But Facebook Helps Catch Creator, Distributor Of Child Abuse Images
Facebook’s use of facial-recognition technology has come under much scrutiny, particularly in Europe, but it also helped lead to the arrest of a man in Myrtle Beach, S.C., for possessing images of child abuse. UPDATED: As it turns out, while Facebook did assist law enforcement with the investigation, the social network’s facial-recognition technology was not a part of the process.
The use of facial-recognition technology is a contentious one, both on Facebook and overall, and the social network is one of several companies that will assist the Department of Commerce in crafting a voluntary code for its use.
Steve Hatch, CEO of WPP Group-owned media agency MEC, joined Facebook as regional director for the U.K. and Ireland, filling a post that had been vacant for more than one year, MarketingWeek reported.