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Web designer criticises Facebook's Year In Review as 'algorithmic cruelty' for being insensitive

A prominent web designer has named Facebook's new feature Year In Review as "inadvertent algorithmic cruelty" because it forced him to relive the pain of losing his daughter as it generated a scrapbook of selected photographs from the user's past one year on the social networking site.


Web designer criticises Facebook's Year In Review as 'algorithmic cruelty' for being insensitive

Wellington: A prominent web designer has named Facebook's new feature Year In Review as "inadvertent algorithmic cruelty" because it forced him to relive the pain of losing his daughter as it generated a scrapbook of selected photographs from the user's past one year on the social networking site.

Eric Meyer, who is credited with advocating for web development standards such as cascading style sheets (CSS), blamed designers and programmers for repeatedly showing him the advertisement of Year In Review that showed him pictures of his deceased daughter on Facebook, reported Stuff.co.nz.

In the recent past, Facebook has designed many such features prompting users to share personalized photographic moments they posted during the year.

Many have criticized the new Facebook feature for repeatedly being promoted instead of giving users an easy opt-out.

From Zee News

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