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The dark side of Faceapp

Faceapp is back in the news after multiple celebrities including Drake and Lebron James took part in the old age challenge that has since gone viral on the internet.

Faceapp is built by a group of Russian developers. The app uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to alter your photos to make you look older.

Drake doing the old age challenge [Source-Instagram/Champagnepapi]

The app has been in the news before when it had a feature that was supposed to make you “hot” but that turned you into a white person. It was accused of being racist.

It also had an ethnicity feature that allowed you to choose any ethnicity you wanted. It also removed this feature after being accused of racism again.

This time around the contention is privacy violation issues. When you upload your photo it does not get altered on the app but on the server-side. Meaning that the photo remains the intellectual property of the app.

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Whether the app uploads your entire gallery to its cloud in less secure androids is still subject to scrutiny.

Another pitfall is what the AI will use all those photos it has identified for. It could be a covert mission to collect as many photos as possible for a covert surveillance program.

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Faceapp’s user agreement is also pretty alarming. It states as follows;

You grant FaceApp a perpetual, irrevocable, nonexclusive, royalty-free, worldwide, fully-paid, transferable sub-licensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, publicly perform and display your User Content and any name, username or likeness provided in connection with your User Content in all media formats and channels now known or later developed, without compensation to you. When you post or otherwise share User Content on or through our Services, you understand that your User Content and any associated information (such as your [username], location or profile photo) will be visible to the public.