FaceApp is an app by a Russian company. Using an age filter, it shows users how they will look after 40 years. In the last week, over 150 million people have used the app. Responding to privacy concerns, FaceApp says it is completely safe and that it only collects minimal data from users.
FaceApp was launched on iOS in January 2017 and on Android in February 2017. There are multiple options to manipulate the photo uploaded such as editor options of adding an impression, make-up, smiles, hair colors, hairstyles, glasses, age or beards. Filters, lens blur, and backgrounds along with overlays, tattoos, and vignettes are also apart of the app.
All the people includig Celebs like Jonas Brothers, Arjun Kapoor, Varun Dhawan, MS Dhoni, and many other Hollywood and Bollywood celebrities accepted this challenge who were spotted on socil media, The gender change transformations of FaceApp have attracted particular interest from the LGBT and transgender communities, due to their ability to realistically simulate the appearance of a person as the opposite gender.
“It has already crossed 100 million downloads, with a 4.5 rating on Play Store. It is available on iOS and Android”.
Within a few days the App has created so much buzz and hype. After installation, the app welcomes you with a quick four-tap tutorial on how to edit pictures. FaceApp doesn’t require a login, which means you do not need to share your email address or phone number. But it demands access to your phone gallery. It is because of this reason #FaceAppChallenge uses personal data such as a photo, there are privacy concerns around FaceApp. A number of people have raised concerns, including a US senator who wants the app investigated by the FBI for possible data misuse. Here is everything you need to know about the FaceApp controversy and trend.
FaceApp says that its R&D team is in Russia but it doesn’t store user data in Russia. US Senator Chuck Schumer has said that the FBI should investigate if FaceApp has stored data of US users in Russia. This is not the first time when FaceApp is in news for the wrong reasons. Two years ago the company created an ethnicity filter that allowed people to change their photos to look like a person from some other country or race. FaceApp apologized and removed the filter after controversy.
Privacy controversy aside, the FaceApp is super fun and takes the excitement to the next level to use. It seems like for one second we are able to see the future look of our old age in the present. Unlike several photos and collage editing apps on Play Store, it is has a clean, smooth, and intuitive interface. It is user-friendly and ever one giving each other #FaceAppChallenege.