BALTIMORE (WJZ/CNN) — Have you aged yourself yet?
Be warned, experts say users should be cautious about using the photo filter FaceApp, which went viral this week.
Launched in 2017, FaceApp isn’t necessarily new. But it’s making headlines again because the app has gotten good — like, eerily good — at showing users what they’ll look like when they age.
The app is Russian-owned and gives FaceApp access to your entire photo library.
“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,” according to FaceApp’s terms.
So essentially, they can do whatever they want with your photo, change it however they want, use it again, create more content from- you get the idea. They can take your photo and not even tell you.
#FaceApp warning, do not use it.
Affiliate is nothing more than a different term for a third party in this context.
You're giving them your face and info to sell.
— ActiveB1t (@ActiveB1t) July 15, 2019
That’s why the New York Post’s article says it could be troublesome to users.
That Faceapp face-aging thing?
-Requires your Facebook login
-receives your name, profile picture, photos and email address via FB
-The company is based in St. Petersburg, Russia 1/3
— Bob Cesca (@bobcesca_go) July 17, 2019
It’s one of the most downloaded apps, and fans and celebrities are now using the hashtag #faceappchallenge to share their result photos.
— Gordon Ramsay (@GordonRamsay) July 16, 2019
The app uses neural networks — a type of artificial intelligence — to edit the photos.
And it can do more than just age you. The app can literally put a smile on your face, make you look younger, or swap your gender, too.
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