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Condom company’s plugin blocks baby photos on Facebook

Chris Pastrick
Skyn’s Baby Blocker extension for Google Chrome helps block out baby photos on your Facebook feed.

Your friends just can’t stop posting photos of their new babies on Facebook.

And it’s infuriating.

Well condom maker Skyn is here to rescue you — with a “social media contraceptive.”

They’ve come up with a Google Chrome extension that filters out those annoying photos on your Facebook feed and replaces them with “better images,” the company says.

The extension actually tracks how many baby images are blocked.

And it’s not just your friends’ babies that get shared a lot. As we’ve all seen recently, with the birth of Archie — son of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle — famous babies get shared quite a bit as well.

“Everyone shares in the joy of the arrival of a famous baby and relish seeing the images released across social channels,” Jeyan Heper, CEO of LifeStyles, Skyn’s parent company, said in a press release.

“The Baby Blocker gives Facebook users the option of blocking baby photos on their feed,” she said. “We want people to enjoy sharing photos of their cute bundles of joy, celebrity or otherwise. On average, parents share 1,500 pictures of their little darlings from the moment they arrive to the age of 5, which for some people might be a little bit too much. The Baby Blocker was created for them: a simple and fun way to swap baby photos in your feed for images of other things you might like.”

According to the Skyn release, Facebook’s algorithms detect and label photos in your feed. The Baby Blocker looks for those words and the HTML of the Facebook page is altered to show a different image.

Because, really, who needs to see cute little babies all day?

Chris Pastrick is a Tribune-Review digital producer. You can contact Chris at 412-320-7898, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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