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Creepy Facebook patent uses image recognition to scan your personal photos for brands

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Facebook may soon know if you’re holding a Starbucks cup or drinking Grey Goose vodka.

Facebook has just been awarded a patent for technology that could let the social network scan through your photos, see what products you like, and then send that data to advertisers in the hopes of selling you more of the product. Specifically, the patent was awarded for “Computer-vision content detection for sponsored stories,” which can be used for “applying computer vision algorithms to user-uploaded multimedia objects to detect specific objects within the multimedia object, and promoting the uploaded multimedia object from a users’ news feed to a sponsored stories area.”

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