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Facebook Moments uses facial recognition to deliver photos to friends

Facebook has announced the launch of a new photo sharing app, which will allow users to easily pass on photos they’ve taken of their friends.

The new standalone Moments app, which is a companion to Messenger, scans the users Camera Roll and uses facial recognition technology to bundle photos featuring your social networking friends.

The photos can then be privately ‘Synced’ to the friend(s) in question via a shared album. The pals can also contribute to that album, adding photos of their own from the party, vacation, etc.

One of the ideas behind the app is to allow things like group photos to be taken once, rather than on every member of the party’s phone.

In a post on the Facebook Newsroom blog, the company explained: “With a phone at everyone’s fingertips, the moments in our lives are captured by a new kind of photographer: our friends.

It’s hard to get the photos your friends have taken of you, and everyone always insists on taking that same group shot with multiple phones to ensure they get a copy. Even if you do end up getting some of your friends’ photos, it’s difficult to keep them all organised in one place on your phone.”

Moments is the company’s first app designed for sharing photos outside of the social network itself and could be perfect for easily sharing snaps unintended for public viewing.

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The app is available in the United States for iOS and Android now, where Facebook is permitted to use its tag suggestions technology. The company says it is coming to more countries over time.

Will you be downloading Moments if and when it arrives in the United Kingdom? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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