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By Vijaykumar Meti | February 2, 2013 1:28 AM PST

Facebook Inc on Friday announced it had re-enabled its photo Tag Suggestions feature, which was suspended in 2011.

The company initially announced this feature in December 2010 in an effort to streamline the process of tagging photos. The feature uses face recognition software that matches new photos of friends in previously-tagged images and allow users to easily identify a friend in a photo and share that content with them.

After its initial launch in the United States, Facebook made it available worldwide by June 2011, but it received backlash from both U.S. and European users for privacy reasons. The company rolled it back to make "technical improvements".

Facebook made this announcement with a simple post on its privacy page. It seems the company has not exactly trumpeted the announcement - so far it only has 183 Likes on the post.

"As we announced last year, we temporarily suspended our photo tag suggestion feature to make some technical improvements. Today, we're re-enabling the feature in the United States so that people can use facial recognition to help them easily identify a friend in a photo and share that content with them. This is the same feature that millions of people previously used to help them quickly share billions of photos with friends and family," stated in a post on Facebook privacy page.

 Users who wish to opt-out of the features can disable the feature by accessing Facebook account's privacy settings. Facebook has not specified when Canadian users will get access to the new feature.  

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