No, you won’t see two pictures of me ten years apart. No, but think about it. Suddenly, within a few days, or even hours, people started to share those pictures of them taken in 2009 and now. For no apparent reasons. On Twitter. On Facebook. This is what I thought. The, I read this Wired article: FACEBOOK’S ’10 YEAR CHALLENGE’ IS JUST A HARMLESS MEME—RIGHT?
What if the only purpose of this “game” was to train new machine learning algorithms at Facebook so they can refine their data with carefully selected pictures by people? I don’t know. Facebook denied they were behind this. Nonetheless, here is something to think about:
Regardless of the origin or intent behind this meme, we must all become savvier about the data we create and share, the access we grant to it, and the implications for its use.