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Facebook Won’t Take Down a Photo Just Because It Makes You Look Fat, But It Does Try to Guilt the Poster

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If you’ve never met a human before, it might surprise you to learn that the majority of Facebook photos flagged “offensive” are actually just unflattering, says AllThingsD. (Curated online personalities demand curated photo sets, people!) However, Facebook relies on that little “Report/Remove Tag” button below every photo as a policing strategy to manage the deluge of more than 250 million photos uploaded per day.

Thus in August, Facebook added new options to its photo reporting box including, “I don’t like this photo of me,” “It’s harassing me” and “It’s harassing a friend.” Since you don’t actually own the rights of a picture someone takes of you (awkward!), checking one of these boxes won’t get the photo taken down.

Rather, as Facebook engineering director Arturo Bejar told NPR’s “Talk of the Nation” this week, those new complaint options in the reporting tool were designed to trigger compassion from the photo posters. Read More