What you don’t know about FaceApp

FaceApp Security Concerns

Everyone seems to be using the now viral FaceApp to post their artificially-aged selfies on social media in the latest viral trend, called the #FaceAppChallenge. Celebrities and campus students alike are jumping to the craze to find out just how they will look when they age. All you have to do is download FaceApp and take a photo before applying an old-age filter. Here are some things that you might not know.

1. FaceApp was developed in 2017

Photos produced by the app have swept through social media in the last few weeks. The #FaceAppChallenge trended in Kenya on Wednesday. Many celebrities including Citizen TV’s Jeff Koinange shared a photo of his younger and older self on Twitter asking tweeps to select which “Jeff” they preferred. However, FaceApp itself was first released back in 2017. This app has been here with us for 2 years but it is when we are just noticing it!

2. FaceApp is Russian-developed

Yes, FaceApp is a startup owned by Russian company Wireless Lab and uses artificial technology to transform your photos, according to itswebsite. With a filter, you can see what you’d look with a beard, gray hair, and even realistic-looking wrinkles.

3. The App has received backlash over Privacy Concerns

There are some concerns over FaceApp’s vagueprivacy policy. The app collects access to your photos, location information, usage data and browsing history. And while the app states that it won’t rent or sell your information to third parties, it will share certain information with third-party advertising partners for targeted ads.

Experts have also raised concerns about the app’s terms of service, which tracks users’ browsing history. Something that doesn’t seem necessary for an image manipulation piece of software. They’re also worried about its privacy policy, which provides FaceApp with a huge potential trove of rights.

4. FaceApp has been under Public Scrutiny before

This isn’t the first time FaceApp has faced public scrutiny. The photo editing app came under fire in 2017when its “hot” filter gave people light skin tones, CNET reported.

5. The App may be sharing your data with third parties

The company’s terms, however, allow that it might sell some assets, including user data, to other organizations, and share data with affiliate companies.

 

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