Report: Facebook could automatically alert parents who publicly share photos of their children


More than 2 billion photographs are uploaded to Facebook every day and chances are, more than a few of them feature your friends, children and other family members.

If you post statuses and other content publicly on the platform, a new report from the Evening Standard says that Facebook plans to automatically warn you before you share media that features children or other family members.

Facebook’s Vice President  of Engineering Jay Parikh spoke about the feature at a media event in Bloomsbury, UK, Wednesday night:

If I were to upload a photo of my kids playing at the park and I accidentally had it shared with the public, this system could say: Hey wait a minute, this is a photo of your kids, normally you post this to just your family members, are you sure you want to do this?

We’re not sure when this feature will roll out, but it was one of many mentioned by Parikh in Bloomsbury. It’s a part of a “10 year arc of innovation” at Facebook that features better artificial intelligence and deep learning algorithms that improve the platform’s ability to filter questionable content.

Facebook ‘will automatically warn parents if they share pictures of their children with the public by accident’ [Evening Standard]

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