A Canadian woman learned the hard way just how good Google Photos’ facial recognition software is when it automatically sent a rated-R video she took to her mother.
Kara Tonin shared her horror at the discovery on TikTok last week, explaining that she has Google Photos set up to share all new photos of her son with her mother.
Unfortunately, the app’s facial recognition software is so good that it noticed a picture of Kara’s son in the background of a very raunchy video she took herself — and automatically notified her mother about it.
Uh-oh! Canadian TikTok user Kara Tonin shared her embarrassing story on the app last week
How it happened: Google Photos uses facial recognition software to automatically put new photos and videos of her young son in an album
Here, ma! Kara has shared the album with her own mother, who gets a notification every time something new is added
‘This is a PSA for anybody who uses Google Photos or any photo app that has facial recognition,’ she began her viral video, which has been viewed 2.8 million times to date.
‘So Google Photos has this incredible thing where it recognizes people’s faces, and if you type in their name, it’ll pull up every picture and video with their face in it. And then you can make an album of that person and share it with your friends and family,’ she went on.
‘Isn’t technology incredible? A little too f***ing incredible if you ask me,’ she said.
‘So Google made me a delightful little album of my son and I shared it with mom, so any time I upload a picture of him, it will notify my mother.’
Kara clearly didn’t see how this could possibly go wrong — until it did.
Spice it up! Kara wanted to spice up her relationship and took to her phone for help
Raunchy: She ‘made a rated-R video where I was doing unspeakable, ungodly things’
‘So a little while back, I decided I wanted to spice things up a little bit in my relationship, and I made a rated-R video where I was doing unspeakable, ungodly things.
‘And Google Photos picked up a very small picture of my son in the background on my fridge and said, “Hey, that’s a picture of Josh. Let’s send this video to Kara’s mom,”‘ she said.
Kara didn’t indicate how that conversation went with her mother, but it appears to have been quite embarrassing.
‘I’m so sorry, mom,’ she said.
Over half a million people have liked Kara’s funny video, with commenters expressing both horror and mirth at her misfortune.
Oh no! ‘And Google Photos picked up a very small picture of my son in the background on my fridge and said, “Hey, that’s a picture of Josh. Let’s send this video to Kara’s mom,”‘ she said
Yikes! Kara didn’t indicate how that conversation went with her mother, but it appears to have been quite embarrassing
‘Isn’t technology incredible? A little too f***ing incredible if you ask me,’ she said
‘You were just showing your mom that you were trying to have another kid,’ offered one.
‘That would be my 13th reason,’ wrote another.
‘Anyone else gasp out loud?’ asked yet another.
‘I know this is mega unfortunate for you but this made my week,’ another commenter chimed in.
One woman said that her sister experienced something similar, but luckily, they were able to get rid of the offending content from their mother’s phone before she saw it.
‘I laugh to cover the pain,’ Kara replied in the comments.