No, Facebook Won't Take Down Ugly Pictures Of You

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For some reason, hordes of Facebook users think that by “reporting spam” on pictures they don’t like of themselves, Facebook will need to take them down.Facebook takes down very few of these pictures.

In fact, the majority of photos Facebook users tag as “offensive” are only offensive to those users, according to Facebook engineering director Arturo Bejar on NPR.

Here’s some news: Facebook only takes down pictures that depict nudity, hate speech, drug use, violence, and spam.

So don’t waste your time.

The real issue here: your inability to confront your trigger-happy photographer friend.

Bejar added:

We made it such that when you hit report, we ask you if you’re in the photo. And then we ask you if the photo is unflattering or if you don’t like how you show up in it or whether you find it harassing or bullying you.

And most people say, you know, I don’t like how I look in this photo. And in the first version we did of this, we put up a blank message box where you can send a message to the person who posted the photo, usually a friend of yours.

And most people faced with that blank box wouldn’t put anything in there in which they would, sort of, step out of the fore because they didn’t know how to handle that conversation with their friends.

Check out the rest of the interview over at NPR, pointed out by All Things D.

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