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Facebook to prevent drunk selfies

The website´s Artificial Intelligence Research boss hinted that they could soon create the technology to prevent selfies from a night out going online. Facebook´s Artificial Intelligence Research department chief Yann LeCun has said he wants to develop an "artificial assistant" who will recognise when you are about to post a selfie of your night out that you may not want your grandmother to see it.

Facebook’s Artificial Intelligence Research department chief Yann LeCun told Wired that rather than an outright block, the idea would be to ask people if they’re sure they want to put that embarrassing, drink-fuelled picture out there for their parents/bosses to see. The artificial inelligence research labs, he said, are working on face recognition technology that can tell when you don’t look sober.

They are also working on monitoring user’s behaviour so that more relevant stories appear on people’s timelines. Yann LeCun said: ‘Imagine that you had an intelligent digital assistant which would mediate your interaction with your friends and also with content on Facebook.’

Facebook could notify you when someone you don’t know publishes a picture of you without your explicit approval. “You will have a single point of contact to mediate your interaction but also to protect your private information,” LeCun said.

The comments come shortly after Zuckerberg said he was “thinking” about developing a dislike button. “A lot of times people share things on Facebook that are sad moments in their lives. Often people tell us that they don’t feel comfortable pressing ‘like’ because ‘like’ isn’t the appropriate sentiment,” he finally admitted during a Q&A.

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