Facebook scans the text in every photograph you upload

Screenshot of a Facebook popup modal that says "Contains an image that mentions COVID-19"
Screenshot of a Facebook popup modal that says “Contains an image that mentions COVID-19”

It will come as no surprise to many but today I experienced it first hand when resharing a post from this morning with additional commentary. As part of Facebook’s Trust & Safety measures, they scan every single photograph you upload and read the text. In this case, I uploaded a screenshot of graphs concerning information about Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in North Carolina. In my post, I asked people to wear a mask so the 7-day average can drop to 1,000 or lower by the end of April. I found it interesting that even private posts shared with only a few friends get scanned by the Facebook Robots. And remember if you want this pandemic and the mask mandate to end you can help by wearing a fucking mask when you go out 🙂

Also if you need KN95 Masks read this…

Photograph of a box of KN95 Masks purchased from Newegg. In front is a pack of masks from inside the box.
Photograph of a box of KN95 Masks purchased from Newegg. In front is a pack of masks from inside the box.

I’ve been using KN95 Masks sold by Newegg for the past several months. You can buy them at this link. I am not an affiliate or anything just happy with the masks quality and cost. They are non-medical and are KN95 at a medium quality. Occasionally the straps break and I have to put on a new mask but it’s rare. These aren’t the best KN95 masks on the market but if you go out often it’s a good product at it’s pricepoint. They don’t outperform 3M’s N95 Masks and certainly should not be used in a hospital setting but they will provide more protection than a cloth mask if you treat them as disposable and wear a new one each time. Just figured I’d mention it as a few people asked me where I’m buying so many masks.