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Is Facebook’s 10yr Challenge Meme A Gimmick To Train Their Facial Recognition AI?

Social media isn’t just a place for snarky memes and cat video, it’s home to plenty of fad ‘challenges’, too.

We remember back to the Ice Bucket Challenge, the cinnamon challenge, the Kiki challenge (getting out of your moving car and singing), and most recently, the Bird Box challenge which had morons doing everyday things blindfolded.

With almost depressing predictably, those last two led to, you guessed it, car crashes.

But a Facebook photo challenge is harmless, isn’t it? You might think so. But remember the reason so many of us left that platform is because, in Zuckworld, the user IS the product.

Skepticism led one Wired contributor — Kate O’Neill — to ask the question:

Ouch. Here’s what she has to say about it.

Is she overreacting? Or is she onto something?

While reading up on this story I noticed how not everyone plays by the accepted rules, and some people are even having some fun with it. ClashDaily doesn’t support FB ever since news sites like ours got ‘Zucked‘ (Our response, if you missed it, is here: Facebook BANS Doug Giles And – Here’s Doug’s Response)

But we did take a look at what Twitter is doing with it. (Twitter is *marginally* better among the big-name Tech sites.)

Some laughed at how mostly just our tech changed:

Or didn’t…

Some were more snarky…

Curried goat? Yes, please. It’s cute AND yummy!

Or about movie casting choices:

You know… they’ve got a point.

Some more movie references…

But this one has got to the be the winner:

(oops. That page no longer exists. Here’s one like it. This time we’ll use a screenshot so the link doesn’t get broken.)

Who did this?

(You cheeky bastard, you.)

Even yours truly got in on the fun, well — in my own way.


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Wes Walker

Wes Walker is the author of "Blueprint For a Government that Doesn't Suck". He has been lighting up since its inception in July of 2012. Follow on twitter: @Republicanuck

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