Why Facebook’s Scrapbook Is Bad For Your Baby

Parents, take note (in case we really need to tell you not to tag your young ones in social media posts)…


Facebook introduced a new feature earlier this week aimed squarely at new parents, a subset of users who annoy the heck out of their friends by posting an unending stream of baby pictures. Billed as “a new way to organize photos of your child on Facebook,” the new scrapbook feature lets parents tag their little ones in photos wherever those pictures end up, like in your mobile uploads album, timeline photos, imported Instagram shots, or even your profile and cover pics. Once tagged, these baby photos get linked into a scrapbook of your kid, so you can easily view them all in one place.

On the face of it, this is a sweet idea, no doubt developed with plenty of heart. In fact, Facebook debuted the feature by telling the story of Dan Barak, a product manager at the company who loves photography and loves his family. I can identify…

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