Written bySiddhant Pandey
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.
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.
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.
"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."
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.
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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