Facebook Ten Year Challenge is Harmless Right?
If you commonly use social media, you’ve likely noticed a trend on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook of people posting their before/after profile pictures, mostly from ten years ago and now.
Instead of joining, I posted the following semi-sarcastic, I posted the following semi-sarcastic tweet:
Me 10 years ago: probably would have played along with the profile picture aging meme going around on Facebook and Instagram
Me now: ponders how all this data could be mined to train facial recognition algorithms on age progression and age recognition
— Kate O’Neill (@kateo) January 12, 2019
Of those who were critical of my thesis, many argued that the pictures were already available anyway. The most common rebuttal was: “That data is already available. Facebook’s already got all the profile pictures.”
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