With Facebook's facial recognition software, the app will automatically tag your friends whenever you decide to sync your photos with the app. This is the same technology that powers tag suggestions on Facebook. If Moments does not recognize a friend, you have the ability to manually tag them whenever necessary. If a friend you tagged does not use the app, they’ll receive a notification on Facebook Messenger that photos await them in Moments. Additionally, if you do not wish to be tagged, the option is available for turning off your own facial recognition.
Facebook claims the app will help people finally share all those long lost photos from weddings and birthday parties that have been buried in their camera galleries.
Facebook product manager Will Ruben describes it in a blog post:
“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 organized in one place on your phone.”
With Facebook already knowing who all your friends are, the Moments app may be the solution to an easier delivery system with sending and receiving photos than what other photo sharing services can offer.
The Moments app is now available in the U.S. on iOS and Android, and will be available to more countries in the near future.