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A new challenge in Content Review: Infrared Camera in phones | One plus 8 Pro, photochrom filter


Smartphones have changed our lives. The evolution has made us more connected and has brought in many more capabilities into our palm. One of the most significant growth factors of social media and media sharing platforms is due to the development of highly capable cameras in the phones. Today channels like NDTV shoot their live news broadcast on a Samsung phone. And they continue to develop further and further.


But, where do we draw a line?


One Plus 8 pro recently launched a phone with a quad camera and one of it is a color filter camera. You might ask so what?

This color filter camera uses infrared camera technology, When you use the photochrom filter and hold the camera against thin plastics or some types of fabric, they become see-through. Yes I said See-through


Let me show you a few examples -

This image shows the filter acting on a remote.


In this, you can see through a t-shirt to see an iPhone camera box


In this, you can see through a box with Apple wheels


How does this affect Trust and Safety, content policy, and subsequent actions to be taken?

I see it in 2 ways affecting fair use of tech and the information going up online


1. One Plus as a brand might have to make some decisions on how this filter is being used or would have to limit the sensor from capturing creepy images. Now that might be a huge challenge for one plus to do and it might have to disable the sensor on its phones.

Secondly

2. If the camera technology is enhanced further, and we all know the speed at which technology grows and corrections happen to tune inventions, this might lead to serious privacy concerns for individuals and some bad players misusing the technology in hand. With most of us engaging more and more video visual content, the generation of content would likely consensual or with no consensus grow. I see this to be a factor that would bring about changes in policies on social media and what content allowed and the contextual nature of privacy itself


What do you all think about this feature?


The images used in this blog as examples are borrowed from Tech Town and Unbox Therapy. You can find their videos linked here.

© 2020 by Vejeps Ephi Kingsly

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