New Plugin Displays Creepy Info Facebook Knows About Us
It's easy to say our generation has become thoroughly addicted to the almighty social media platform that is Facebook.
We pop onto the site multiple times a day to check our notifications, stalk an ex or two and upload a few photos from our trip to the bar last weekend.
You know... the usual.
Although the site might seem like an innocent tool to publicize our lives to our family and friends, the truth behind the amount of information Facebook actually knows about us is creepy AF.
According to Metro, Facebook has been using object recognition since April 2016 in all the pictures we add to our pages.
You might've encountered the new tool before. It happens when you upload a photo and involuntarily have your friends and family tagged in it. It's happened to me multiple times, and it's super annoying.
However, the new technology is uncovering much more information than just the identities of the people posing in the photos.
Thanks to Adam Geitgey, the software developer behind the Show Facebook Computer Vision Tags Chrome extension, we're now able to see all the data FB has collected about our personal pics.
The information you can uncover – thanks to Geitgey's software plugin – shows how savvy Facebook is in deciphering humans from animals and inanimate objects.
It can even tell the number of people Facebook has counted in the photos you've posted, and whether they're sitting or standing.
Heck, it even shows you whether Facebook thinks you've snapped the picture inside or outside. It can also decipher different landscapes in various terrains.
So, if you want to keep your life "somewhat" private, I wouldn't upload any photos you don't want Facebook to have its eyes (and ears) on.
Although the software provides alarming information about Facebook's acquired information about us, it can be a rewarding asset to people with vision impairments.
Apparently, Metro reached out to Facebook about the matter, and Facebook told them the tool they've been using is called Automatic Alternative Text. They claim it's beneficial to screen readers.
OK, I suppose there is a bright side to the information the mega social media platform is collecting.
But I'm still a little uneasy about all the information they must know about my personal life by now.