You may have noticed a recent Facebook game on your newsfeed lately where friends assign each other numbers to reveal not so random facts about each other.
It may have seemed harmless enough admitting that your favorite food is chocolate or that you usually watch Duck Dynasty in the nude, but new allegations are coming forth about the game being linked to the Obama Administration and the NSA’s secret wiretapping scandal.
Senator and part-time unlicensed dentist, Rand Paul of Kentucky was the first to make such allegations on the Senate floor this past Friday. He claims to have read several documents online regarding the link between the social media craze and the National Security Agency, particularly many articles from Wikipedia he plans to plagiarize at a later date.
“The American people should always be vigilant against its over-reaching government, snooping into your private affairs,” he told the media, right after voting against an anti-discrimination workplace measure. “Again, the Obama Administration is acting on behalf of only themselves and tricking people into relinquishing private information on Facebook,” said the Senator whose own list included his now not-so secret desire to someday own a lawn jockey, and his fondness for squirrels.
So far both the Obama Administration and the NSA have denied allegations that they are data mining the numbers game on Facebook, but a recent FOIA request has documented several thousand log in attempts to Facebook from the Oval Office this month alone The President insists his recent surge in connectivity is merely due to his recent addiction to Candy Crush. “And Michelle,” he added, “She can’t get enough of Grumpy Cat.” Asked whether or not the Affordable Care Act’s addled website, Healthcare.gov has anything to do with how much time the Commander in Chief spends online, Obama only shrugged and said, “Cut me some slack! The last guy in here was still using a dot matrix printer.”
Government officials insist that the recent arrest of terrorist Abdullah Sam Alrah, shortly after he posted his list on Facebook is a mere coincidence. His #2 was about a designer suicide vest he recently bought from Hugo Boss.
Only time (and endless Congressional hearings) will tell whether or not Facebook’s innocent and harmless number game is really so innocent and harmless. But in the meantime users may wish to be a little less social in social media. Either that or just keep playing the giraffe game.