Facebook plans to pass your photographs to advertisers and make users the stars of online ads, patent reveals

The Telegraph | April 09, 2019

Facebook has developed a plan to turn its users into the stars of advertising campaigns through new technology which can automatically scan people’s photographs and identify which products are featured in them.
The social network was granted a patent in the US for a system which can detect photos people have uploaded that feature items such as alcoholic drinks and snacks. The company would then pass those images to the brands, which would turn them into adverts for other Facebook users to see. One example given in the patent filing is a Facebook user uploading a photograph of a party in which they are pictured holding a bottle of Grey Goose vodka.

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Advertising agencies and political campaigns have been a common topics in the film industry. However, PR agencies do not seem to play a big part, being presented as the 'dark side'.

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Advertising agencies and political campaigns have been a common topics in the film industry. However, PR agencies do not seem to play a big part, being presented as the 'dark side'.

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Ford | May 17, 2021

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How Popular Is Ad Tech? It's raining billion-dollar transactions, according to LUMA

LUMA Partners | April 08, 2021

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