Facebook to invent ‘digital assistant’ to prevent users from uploading drunk pictures

According to reports, Facebook is looking at ways to prevent users from uploading embarrassing drunk photographs


by Fiona Day |
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The new feature- set to be developed by the social networking site- will mediate with users before they upload potentially embarrassing photos.

The software will ask users: “Are you sure you want your family or boss to see that?”

The technology will look at pictures on your Facebook and work out the difference between the ’sober’ users self and the ‘drunk’ users self.

This means reducing the amount of embarrassing and/or inappropriate Facebook posts emerging during nights out.

Yann LeCun from Wired oversees the Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research department, and uses technology to learn about behaviour online and how to develop sites perfectly for the use.

Facebook hopes people will pay more attention to what they post whilst drunk
Facebook hopes people will pay more attention to what they post whilst drunk

He said about the new feature: “Imagine that you had an intelligent digital assistant which would mediate your interaction with your friends, and also with content on Facebook.”

The new idea comes after employers revealed that they increasingly monitor employee’s social networking profiles, and even look at potential employee’s Facebook pages to get a sense of their character.

Any employer will tell you that embarrassing drunk pictures on a candidates Facebook page would have a detrimental effect on their chances of getting a job.

Perhaps this is more of an indication that we need to start drinking less!


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