Facebook Facial Recognition Update: Face.com Acquisition Rumors

Just about everyone is on Facebook these days, the only people we know are people that refuse to be; perhaps to be different or because their job entails they shouldn’t be. Otherwise for those of us that do use Facebook, it’s great for Social Networking.

Using Facebook can be good as you can get in touch with friends that you may have drifted apart from, share pictures and all sorts of things with your friends list. Looking back to December 2010, we reported that Auto-Tagging was coming to Facebook, where OSM’s Matt Tran explained what was going on. One of our readers pointed out that there could be even more security risks for Facebook who have been plagued with them since they were established.

Today we are looking at the relationship between Facebook and Face.com, there are various rumors flying around that Face.com actually powers Facebook’s Facial recognition feature, but also there’s further rumors surfacing that Face.com has rebuffed an acquisition offer worth what techcrunch.com’s Roi Carthy describes as ‘tens of millions of dollars’.

For all of you who are unaware of what ‘Face.com’ is about; these guys describe themselves on their website as the #1 Face Recognition Platform. In fact, if you would like to see some of the FAQ’s click here. The FAQ’s tell you pretty much everything you need to know about Face.com. If you had similar worries to us, then you can also read their privacy page, it may stop the original alarm bells you may have had!

Over at Mashable back in July 2010, Ben Parr has written an article that tells us more about the facial tagging being performed by Facebook. We will update you if we hear more about the potential acquisition. Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.