colorizing black & white photos
Fairly recently, a company has introduced a program that will colorize photographs. Some persons are going thru family trees, downloading photos already in Memories, colorizing them, and then re-posting them to the person's page. Many cases involve persons not in the same family tree. The result is a slightly degraded color photo of the person or group that duplicates the original photo, which remains as it was in Memories. So far, of the photos I have seen, the person(s) have not gone to the effort to identify all persons in the photo, nor to include any metadata that may have been in the original photo. Because the colorized photo is posted to Memories as a new photo, a few identifications made in the color photographs have been for the wrong person. None have tagged individual faces.
My question is, what, if any, is the policy or advice about this practice of colorizing photos? I would think some assumptions must be made about the color of the clothing and the background without any knowledge of what they really were. Is there a need or preference for colorizing black & white photos? Should we discourage this practice? If so, how best we do it?