I very seldom play Facebook games, and I never share them. In the beginning, I did a few of the name tests. You know, what is your gangster/unicorn/rapper name, stuff like that. I took the Which Hogwarts House Do You Belong in test and they put me in Hufflepuff, when I know perfectly goddamned well I should be a Ravenclaw, so screw you, Mark Zuckerberg, you are not the sorting hat.
But, I’m not too bothered if other people do. Different people are entertained by different stuff. I just want to write poetry and argue about politics, and there are plenty of people who aren’t into that at all.
Anyway, with this 10 year photo challenge. I wasn’t tempted to participate, but saw nothing nefarious in it, either, until somebody suggested that maybe Facebook was using it to build a data base to study age progression/facial recognition technology. Now, I don’t think anybody’s got proof of that, but it’s right off the bat believable. It does accomplish exactly that and, as a computer firm, it’s almost certainly something they’re working on.
There are good uses and bad uses for this technology. Looking into the future, someday this will be standard procedure if you’re thinking about marriage. “What is she/he going to look like 10 years from now?” is kind of an important question and if an answer is available, why not take a peek.
But mostly the police will want to use it. I’ve got mixed feelings about that. If they’re using it to look for kidnapped children or victims of the sex-trafficking industry, then it’s a good thing. If they’re trying to find some kid who sold pot in High School 30 years ago, which is what they’ll mostly use it for, because they are dicks, then I’m against it.
The thing I wonder is this: if that’s their goal, why weren’t they just upfront about it. You know “We are building a database to study facial recognition and, if you wouldn’t mind, could you post a photo of you 10 years ago and one that’s current? It’s for science.” They might not have got as many photos, but I’ll bet they would have got enough.
Facebook (and all corporations, really) have got that government disease. They are just so used to keeping secrets from the public that it’s become a habit and they do it even when they don’t need to. It’s a very unhealthy aspect of our society.