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Screenshot: ParafoxStudios ( Fair Use ) Kids all know that Facebook is for old people to share political memes, but that isn’t stopping Mark Zuckerberg’s company from going after the hearts and minds of the young. Plus: Memers meme over the Oscars slap, and online medical advice proves sound for once. Meta versus TikTok Over the last year or so, I’ve covered a ton of hysterical warnings about dangerous TikTok trends and challenges in this column, from the Kool-Aid Man challenge to the milk crate challenge . I usually point out that they are overblown, hysterical, and sometimes seem entirely made-up. Well, people, I was right! But never in my most paranoid imagination did I imagine that the warnings could have sprung from a coordinated PR campaign orchestrated by TikTok’s competitor Meta/Facebook. According to internal emails obtained by The Washington Post Meta (the parent company of Facebook) hired a Republican linked consulting firm called Targeted Victory to plant op-eds and letters-to-the-editor in news outlets in order to warn about TikTok’s danger and position the platform as a threat in the public mind. The Post lists the slap a teacher challenge and the devious licks challenge specifically as pushed to local news outlets. Even though the slap-a-teacher challenge seems to have originated on Facebook itsel f. TikTok: The most dangerous place on earth? I haven’t been paid by a right wing public relations firm to post this, but TikTok is the most deadly, disgusting social media platform in human history. […]