Condom company launches 'Baby Blocker' plugin for Chrome

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16 May 2019

Condom company's "social media contraceptive" hides baby photos from Facebook

Are your friends spamming your Facebook feed with too many baby pictures? Are you annoyed by how many times you've seen the same child from 10,000 different angles? Don't worry. A condom company is here to help, as with most baby-related situations.

Skyn, the condoms and lubricants brand, has designed a plugin to hide baby photos from your Facebook feed.

Here are the details.

Details

Say hello to your 'social media contraceptive'

Say hello to your 'social media contraceptive'

Described as "your social media contraceptive," the plugin is called 'The Baby Blocker'. It detects photos of babies and toddlers from your Facebook timeline and replaces them with pictures you like.

"It's too late for them to put on a condom, so put on 'The Baby Blocker' instead," an advertisement states, assuring a 99% success rate.

It's available as a free-to-use extension for Chrome.

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Royal baby's birth could spike the number of baby photos

In a press release, the CEO of Lifestyles, the PR company behind this, Jeyan Heper, said that the birth of Duke and Duchess of Sussex Harry and Meghan's baby could increase the number of baby pictures in the next few days.

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'Parents share average 1,500 images of kids from ages 0-5'

"On average, parents share 1,500 pictures of their little darlings from the moment they arrive to the age of five, which for some people might be a little bit too much," Heper said.

He added, "The Baby Blocker was created for them: a simple and fun way to swap baby photos in your feed for images of other things you might like."

Mechanism

Here's how 'The Baby Blocker' extension works

Here's how 'The Baby Blocker' extension works

The application tracks descriptions that Facebook's algorithm automatically links to every image, using object recognition technology. For every baby photo that is detected, it alters your timeline's HTML to replace it with a "better image."

It also allows you to track how many babies you have blocked in real-time if you ever feel like rubbing it into the faces of those snotty-nosed baby's parents.

What is object recognition technology?

Object recognition technology was originally introduced to Facebook in 2016 as "automatic alternative text" for the benefit of visually-impaired Facebook users, allowing them to "read" images with a screen-reader. Recently, even the photo and video-sharing platform Instagram started using this technology.

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How does The Baby Blocker work?

Asked 2019-05-16 19:39:40 by Aaryan Sengupta

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The Baby Blocker tracks descriptions that Facebook's algorithm automatically links to every image, using object recognition technology. For every baby photo that's detected, it alters your timeline's HTML to replace it with a "better image."

Where can I download The Baby Blocker?

Asked 2019-05-16 19:39:40 by Anika Subramanium

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The Baby Blocker is available for download as an extension for Chrome from Google Play Store.

Is The Baby Blocker available for Instagram?

Asked 2019-05-16 19:39:40 by Shreya Sharma

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No. At the moment, the application is available only as a desktop extension for Chrome for Facebook. So, it's not available for Instagram or even Facebook app users.

Is The Baby Blocker free?

Asked 2019-05-16 19:39:40 by Parakram Sharma

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Yes, The Baby Blocker is a free-to-use Chrome extension.

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