Majority of Photos Flagged on Facebook are Not Offensive, Just Unflattering

Ryan Whitwam

Facebook has revealed much about the human condition, and now it’s reminding us how vain we humans can be sometimes. According to a recent interview with Facebook’s engineering director Arturo Bejar, the majority of photos flagged by users as inappropriate are actually just unflattering images of the user that reported it.

Facebook has a whole raft of content that it does not allow. Nudity, drug use, harassment, and spam are all reasons to report a photo on Facebook. After noticing the trend of unflattering photos in the filter, Facebook engineers added an option in Spetember to the reporting dialog that simply states, “I don’t like this photo of me.” The social network does not remove images in this case, but will message the user who posted it to give them the opportunity to remove it voluntarily.

This isn’t just a blip in the data; Facebook gets over 250 million photo uploads per-day. There’s no mistaking people’s narcissism in this case. Perhaps a more logical course of action than flagging images that don’t catch you at the right angle could be to just disable tagging.

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