Is Facebook’s 10-year challenge really as innocent as it seems?

Is Facebook’s 10-year challenge really as innocent as it seems?

'Ideally, you'd want a broad and rigorous data set with lots of people's pictures.

But the 10-year challenge isn't just making people look back at their old photos, it challenges us to actually share them online.

Instagram and Twitter have not yet responded to a request for comment from Fox News.

BENGALURU, Karnataka -Have you taken the 10 year challenge? Some shared jokes, like putting up the same picture twice, or using another celebrities picture for one half of the challenge, and a lot of the rest of us have also been doing similar things.

It's a trend, best known as the "10 year challenge" or the "glow up challenge" that calls for social media users to post a photo of what they looked like a decade ago next to what they look like now.

Whatever Facebook gets out of the "10 Year Challenge", Barr said it's significant that people questioned its motive in the first place.

If so, you are definitely not alone as many folks have done this "challenge".

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Author Kate O'Neill addressed the potential privacy concerns in a Wire op-ed Wednesday, pointing out that seemingly harmless games and hashtags can generate searchable, neatly packaged information that could be used as training data for the algorithms powering artificial intelligence and facial recognition. Is it bad that someone could use it to train a facial recognition algorithm?

The response to O'Neill's proposal has been mixed.

While some trans people posted that they were uncomfortable sharing photos from before their transition, plenty jumped in with gusto.

O'Neill says what sets this "challenge" apart from simply posting photos is that they are clearly labeled as "then and now" and make it easier for data mining. "It's evidence of the fun people have on Facebook, and that's it", said the company in a tweet. Here's an article in ABC News, ironically from 10 years ago, which includes several examples of how images generated by specially created age progression software, were used to find missing children. Last year, police reported tracking down almost 3,000 kids in New Dehli, India.

She warned of "fraught consequences" that could come from this data, such as insurance companies kicking up coverage costs for people who seem to be aging quickly.

"I think this is more about learning the pattern, learning what's happening in a larger scenario so we understand going forward how to participate in social media", O'Neill said.

The origins of the 10 Year Challenge meme are somewhat murky.

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