Who Owns FaceApp: How Trust Worthy Is FaceApp?
Millions of people if not everyone are busy talking about FaceApp, the app that can edit photos of people’s faces to show younger or older versions of themselves.
In the past days, it can be observed that thousands of people are sharing the results of their own experiments with the app on social media.
But since the face-editing tool went viral in the last few days, some have raised concerns over its ‘terms and conditions.’
The argument is that the company takes a cavalier approach to users’ data, but FaceApp said in a statement most images were deleted from its servers within 48-hour of being uploaded on its server, app.
The company also said it only ever uploaded photos that users selected for editing and not additional images.
According to a BBC report, FaceApp is not new. It first hit the headlines two years ago with its “ethnicity filters”.
These purported to transform faces of one ethnicity into another a feature that sparked a backlash and was quickly dropped.
The app can, however, turn blank or grumpy expressions into smiling ones. And it can tweak make-up styles.
This is done with the help of Artificial Intelligence (AI). An algorithm takes the input picture of your face and adjusts it based on other imagery.
This makes it possible to insert a toothy smile, for instance, while adjusting lines around the mouth, chin and cheeks for a natural look.
Problem started when an eyebrows were raised lately when app developer Joshua Nozzi tweeted that FaceApp was uploading troves of photos from people’s smartphones without asking permission.
However, a French cyber-security researcher who uses the pseudonym Elliot Alderson investigated Mr Nozzi’s claims.
He found that no such bulk uploading was going on FaceApp was only taking the specific photos users decided to submit.
FaceApp also confirmed to the BBC that only the user-submitted photo is uploaded.
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