Maybe the scientists meant that it doesn't have a human face? Or maybe they haven't got around to looking at it from the front? Or maybe science defines face in some way that I'm unaware of? One of those must be true.
Either way, it is definitely one more thing for me to be terrified of next time I head to the Australian Abyss. Although, this is only the second fish of this species on record--the first was reportedly ogled in 1873, but it's unclear whether that one also had a face or not. If not, it was probably not the same fish.