It’s another day, another stupid trend. This time, the latest viral video challenge is being slammed (quite literally) for child cruelty. If you haven’t heard about the ‘Get That Money Challenge’, you’re about to.
Parents are always about teaching their kids about the value of money — which is a great idea. However, what happens when you try and cash in on that for your own hilarity and five seconds of internet fame?
The idea is that parents hold their credit card at the top of a door. Dropping it to the floor, it’s up to the kids to it catch with their heads. If successful the victorious child is allowed to buy whatever they want.
It doesn’t take a genius to work out the video normally ends with the kids missing out on their parent’s golden ticket and bash their head against the door while looking a little red-faced.
Commenting on one video, not everyone was impressed with exploiting their kids. Someone wrote, “I don’t think it’s funny at all. Kind of cruel”, while another grumbled, “Nothing like giving your child brain damage not funny.”
Another said, “Dont want to be a fuddy dud, but its all funny til he hairline fractures his skull. Legs, arms, toes are one thing. But skull fractures can be serious.” Either way, the Get That Money Challenge doesn’t seem to be going anywhere.
Speaking of wacky social media challenges, Facebook was accused of engineering the 10-year photo challenge to steal our identities.
An article surfaced on Wired, suggesting that the user-generated meme may not be as innocent as it first seemed and that Facebook could actually have intentionally started the trend in order to train facial recognition technology.
“Imagine that you wanted to train a facial recognition algorithm on age-related characteristics and, more specifically, on age progression (e.g., how people are likely to look as they get older). Ideally, you’d want a broad and rigorous dataset with lots of people’s pictures. It would help if you knew they were taken a fixed number of years apart—say, 10 years.
“Sure, you could mine Facebook for profile pictures and look at posting dates or EXIF data. But that whole set of profile pictures could end up generating a lot of useless noise. People don’t reliably upload pictures in chronological order, and it’s not uncommon for users to post pictures of something other than themselves as a profile picture. A quick glance through my Facebook friends’ profile pictures shows a friend’s dog who just died, several cartoons, word images, abstract patterns, and more.
The 10 year challenge is a user-generated meme that started on its own, without our involvement. It’s evidence of the fun people have on Facebook, and that’s it.— Facebook (@facebook) January 16, 2019
“In other words, it would help if you had a clean, simple, helpfully labeled set of then-and-now photos.”
Unsurprisingly, Facebook has been quick to dismiss the claims that they could be behind the fad. Replying to the article which discusses the possibilities, the platform insisted they had no involvement.
“The 10 year challenge is a user-generated meme that started on its own, without our involvement. It’s evidence of the fun people have on Facebook, and that’s it.”
[Featured Image: Twitter Ogmaymay/ Twitter TSeason22]