Facebook to begin auto-enhancing photos

17 Dec 2014

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Facebook is to begin auto-enhancing photographs that are uploaded to the social network, allowing users to quickly control the light, shadow and clarity of their images.

According to TechCrunch, the new options will be controlled with an adjustable slider that allows photo editing to be performed quickly on a smartphone.

Facebook users uploading images via iOS should be able to utilise the new feature from today, with Android to soon follow.

Prior to the introduction of this new feature, photographs could be edited using light enhancements or Facebook’s own photo filters.

What we won’t be seeing, however, is the introduction of the oft-suggest ‘dislike button’. Speaking last week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg asserted that the button would promote too much negativity.

“Some people have asked for a dislike button before. They want to be able to say a thing isn’t good and that’s not something that we think is good for the world. So we’re not going to build that. I don’t think there needs to be a voting mechanism on Facebook as to whether posts are good or bad.

“I don’t think that’s socially very valuable or good for the community.”

Facebook image via Shutterstock

Dean is a freelance journalist and editor covering media.

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