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Facebook Cartoon Profile Pictures: The Real Reason People are Doing It. Is it Legit? What's the News? Here's a Recap.

Have you noticed that the Internet exploded this weekend with news of Bugs Bunny, Spiderman, and Wonder Woman. Was there a Hall of Justice convention? What’s the deal? Why are people talking about cartoon characters from the 70 s, 80 s and 90 s. Up to 40 years ago! That seemed weird. But then it was reported that it was to help prevent child abuse, which was great. And then it was reported it was designed to prey on children, which was bad. And then everyone was very confused. What’s the deal with all this? Keep reading for a recap and the latest.

Here’s how it went down.

Mid November: It’s been reported that some people in Greece started changing their Facebook profile pics to cartoons as a game. Just a game. Or something. No one is completely sure. Oh, Greece! You! With all your yogurt. And islands. And cartoon characters.

Later November: This somehow morphed into a  campaign asking users to change their profile picture to a photo of a favorite childhood cartoon to raise awareness of child abuse. This Facebook Page of the Campaign to End Violence Against Children is promoting the profile pic switch to Childhood Cartoon Faces. Millions of people start changing their profile pictures in an effort to raise awareness to prevent violence on children. Hooray!

December 5, morning:  “60 Minutes” interviewed Mark Zuckerberg on Sunday, December 05, 2010. This interview included comments on the new Facebook trend. It’s apparently official. So sayeth 60 Minutes.

December 5, afternoon: Some wondered if (and then accused the campaign that) this was actually designed to somehow prey upon children instead of supporting them. Boo!

December 5, evening: It was then reported, across many sites and sources, that this campaign is definitely not designed to prey upon children…only to raise awareness of childhood abuse and promote its prevention. Hooray again!

What’s next? Who knows? But many hope it includes a strong call-to-action to help. Perhaps a donation to Prevent Child Abuse America?

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