Recently, a meme called “10 Year Challenge” went viral on Facebook and Instagram.
Recently, a meme called “10 Year Challenge” went viral on Facebook and Instagram. As part of the challenge, users were asked to post a current photo and a ten year old photo of themselves side-by-side. More than 5 million people participated in the challenge including a number of celebrities.
A number of privacy advocates pointed out that this meme could actually be a useful way to identify users through the use of algorithms. This was pointed out in an article by Wired writer Kate O’Neill . And it could train facial recognition algorithms how to predict age-related characteristics.
Like other major technology companies, Facebook has been developing facial recognition technology for years. One of the ways that Facebook utilizes facial recognition technology is by offering an option to automatically tag users in photos.
Even though privacy advocates find facial recognition technology to be intrusive, it has a number of benefits such as security for mobile devices. And facial recognition technology was used by police in New Delhi to track down 3,000 missing kids in four days last year.
Community Actions Feature
Facebook is rolling out a new Community Actions feature in the US tomorrow, which will allow users to request changes from local and national government agencies, according to TechCrunch. Users will be able to add a title, description, image and tag government agencies to their Community Actions.
And if you support a certain Community Action, then you can tap on the “Support” button. Plus Community Actions have their own discussion feeds so users can leave comments, set up events and create fundraisers around it.
The names of your friends who are supporting the cause will be displayed along with the total number of people who are supporting it. Some of the examples of causes that have been created so far include a “Moratorium on New Drilling” by Colorado Rising and “Pedestrian Safety near Nebinger and Santore Library” by the Bella Vista Neighbors Association for Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
“Building informed and civically engaged communities is at the core of Facebook’s mission. Every day, people come together on Facebook to advocate for causes they care about, including by contacting their elected officials, launching a fundraiser, or starting a group,” said Facebook in a statement via TechCrunch. “Through these and other tools, we have seen people marshal support for and get results on issues that matter to them. Community Action is another way for people to advocate for changes in their communities and partner with elected officials and government agencies on solutions.”[…]