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The FaceApp Buzz

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Face App?? Don’t tell me you haven’t heard about this new trend on the internet. It became so popular so fast that have started facing server crashes.

FaceApp Server Crash Report


Just a brief on why people are loving this app.FaceApp converts a human face into its older version i.e. it shows you how you would look like in the future. FaceApp is an extensive Artificial intelligence based mobile app which uses deep learning to process and manipulate the images.


FaceApp reminds me of something similar which happened in January, “Facebook 10 year challenge” when people were crazily posting there present photo side by side with a photo of themselves 10 year younger.

Like every other challenge or meme the “10 Year Challenge” too received criticism from people raising the following questions:

  • Facebook might be using these images of people to train its AI model.
Facebook Denies link with the “10 Year Challenge”

Although, Facebook denied its involvement in the “10-year challenge” by a tweet from its official twitter handle.

Coming to FaceApp, What are some of the criticisms raised by the people :

  • FaceApp is Russian and might be sending the data to Russia military and government or planning something unethical. Being Russian raises more skepticism from politicians and officials after the last US elections.
    ~It is true FaceApp was founded by Yaroslav Goncahrov who is Russian. but he has denied the case of data being sent to anywhere else other than there own cloud servers.
  • FaceApp Privacy Policy(link) infers that it can use your data without your consent and has the right share it publically, moreover you cannot question the app of doing it.
    || “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. “
    ~ FaceApp Terms and Condition page ||

    ~To which FaceApp replied that most of the images are deleted from its cloud servers after 48 hours
    ~since the app doesn’t force to give user details the data collected is totally anonymous. Also, they have denied the allegations of sharing or selling its data with any third party app or user
Face App reply on Data privacy

So why the panic?

Every new trend on the internet faces criticism and facts true/false are circulated to spread “awareness” the company responds to the allegations made on them. This is how things move “trend followed by another trend”.

But as “Netizens” it is our wit and wisdom to be the part of a trend or not. It is totally our responsibility to keep the internet clean of junk and fake news.

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