Facebook denies biometric harvesting claims
18 January 2019 17:23 GMT

Facebook has denied that a “10 year challenge” meme on the social media platform is being used to collect user data for facial recognition algorithms.

Tech magazine Wired published an article which suggested that then-and-now photos of regular people could be useful to any entity that’s looking to develop facial recognition algorithms related to aging.

“The 10 year challenge is a user-generated meme that started on its own, without our involvement,” Facebook said in a Twitter reply to Wired editor Nicholas Thompson. “It’s evidence of the fun people have on Facebook, and that’s it.”

The viral meme challenges people to post a photo of themselves from 10 years ago alongside a current photo. Facebook users around the world have obliged, including several celebrities.

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