FaceApp withdraws filters because of racism

FaceApp withdraws filters because of racism

Tech August 10, 2017 14:15

moscow - FaceApp, a self-editing application, has special filters that allow people to change their appearance after almost one day from the app. The Russian maker came into action after complaints that the feature would be racist.

FaceApp allows users to boot their selfies. For example, they can edit their faces to look older or younger, for example. Recently, there was a filter that allows people to portray themselves as a hipster. On Wednesday afternoon, the Russian company launched new filters behind the app. That made it possible for users to give themselves a total makeover. Thus, they could let themselves measure an Asian, white, black or Indian look.

The criticism soon broke out. Many app users found that the masks composed of artificial intelligence (AI) were racist. FaceApp removed the filters, but declared in a statement that they did not consider themselves racist. 'They are precisely designed to emphasize the aspect of equality,' said CEO Yaroslav Goncharov.

It's not the first time FaceApp gets under fire because of face filters. In April there was a fuss about a filter that made users look hot. However, the filter made the user's skin lighter and that bothered many people.

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