Yelp’s current ‘Photos and Videos’ section has seen refinements including the addition of the Photo Classifier, implemented in August 2015.
“Some folks use Yelp photos for checking out the atmosphere for a special event or navigating to a venue for the first time, while others use Yelp photos for more serious applications like finding out if a restaurant can accommodate a handicapped patron. All of these tasks are now easier and more efficient with the launch of tabbed photo browsing.”
To jump start, Yelp developed a classifier that can pull photos into 5 different categories by collecting information from photo captions, photo attributes and crowdsourcing. Yelp plans to develop a more comprehensive photo scoring system and utilize user feedback and quality signals to provide a more refined experience for Yelp users.