The latest trend to storm the internet is the hilarious Faceapp. It's a clever photo editing app that allows users to make themselves look old - and in a surprisingly convincing way. Many have gone wild with the software, taking snaps of both themselves and of some of the best-known celebrities out there to gain a unique insight into the future.
But, as the app continues to grow, many have noticed something that just doesn't seem quite right. It's all well and good making the Jonas Brothers look eighty, but what if we told you that all is not as it seems. Turns out, there is something more frightening than seeing yourself as an elderly person.
And now, the app has responded to these frightening allegations.
In recent years, photo editing has become more accessible than ever.Now it seems like anyone can mess with their images - no matter how non-technically skilled they are.
And it's getting easier and easier.While many used to rely just on adding an attractive filter, with apps like Facetune, we can essentially make ourselves look completely different.
This tends to be a way to make us look more attractive.But, once in a while, an app will come along that gives us quite a different opportunity - to make us look much, much worse. Such is Faceapp, a recent trendy tool that effectively ages our faces.
And the results have been pretty funny.Sure, the software has been around for a while - but Faceapp has truly finessed the art, creating the most realistically-aged images that the internet has ever seen.
And people have been sharing their results online.
Avengers but with the FaceApp aging filter https://t.co/XYSNtyrcN4— IGN (@IGN)1563316382.0
Many have taken the opportunity.
John Wick: Chapter 15 🙌🏼👊🏼💥#FaceApp #JohnWick https://t.co/OWTeBuOnJ0— GrumpyandGeeky (@GrumpyandGeeky)1563364705.0
But it's also been a source of many jokes.
So @Pharrell tried the #FaceApp and still...nothing. https://t.co/Vt1ybP3WRo— Mr. Buns/Buns Out/Abuti Buns/Lebunza/Breadwinner (@Mr. Buns/Buns Out/Abuti Buns/Lebunza/Breadwinner)1563359889.0
Others have joked about the intense popularity of the app.
y'all having fun with faceapp but when will you "face" the "app"-ointed time of our lord and saviors return?— Desus Nice (@Desus Nice)1563331700.0
But some have noticed that the app has a darker side, too.Many who have downloaded the app have noticed that their phones aren't working quite as they used to.
There have been a few rather worrying reports.Some have pointed out that their other social media accounts have been hacked once they downloaded Faceapp to their phone - and it seems too common to be coincidental.
But now people have done some digging.
Btw you all know FaceApp is a Russian company, right? Just making sure.— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@Yashar Ali 🐘)1563329065.0
But then users took a closer look at the privacy info that the app supplies.
If you use Face App you are giving them a license to use your photos, your name, your username, and your likeness f… https://t.co/oUDKURSTYy— Lebo Makhene-Pulumo (@Lebo Makhene-Pulumo)1563360385.0
We live in a world wherein privacy seems harder and harder to come by.But the idea that we are essentially signing our faces away in return for a cheap laugh is a little scary.
Many are now regretting their decision to download the app.Many are also concerned that holding the app on their phone allows it access to all sorts of delicate information, which will then be fed back to companies for marketing purposes.
So, will you be removing it from your phone?It seems as though this may be the safest course of action. Although we are still happy with the hilarious aging celeb content the app has given us already.
The allegations have only grown worse over the past few days.
Re: FaceApp, can’t speak to it “uploading” photos but the app is definitely able to access my library even though I… https://t.co/R4NyHnLqmu— Karissa Bell (@Karissa Bell)1563320638.0
Although it doesn't seem like this is actually illegal.
So apparently apps *can* access pics even if permission is set to “never” (this is the first I’ve encountered that… https://t.co/QoqJdPGBRP— Karissa Bell (@Karissa Bell)1563330858.0
Here's their full (and rather confusing) statement.
FaceApp responds to privacy concerns https://t.co/PXL5xBCBFa by @riptari https://t.co/8hr74hACfE— TechCrunch (@TechCrunch)1563375828.0
And many aren't convinced by Faceapp's statement.
How faceApp company will be like. https://t.co/G7Uj0VAeyq— Sapphire™🔥💡 (@Sapphire™🔥💡)1563434118.0