WARNING! FaceApp user? RUSSIAN app now OWNS your images!

Jack Haines

So unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past week, you’ll know that a new application called FaceApp has been taking our phones by storm…

The increasing popularity in the artificial intelligence app has become viral with everyone jumping on the band wagon including high profile celebrities such as Drake, Lewis Capaldi and Kevin Hart. The app allows one to take a selfie of themselves and catapults the image decades into the future or past, creating the illusion of old age or youth, as well as gender changes etc. Sounds great right? THINK AGAIN…

Most of us who have downloaded the app are not celebrities, sadly, but us “normal people” have been using the app to take images of our friends and family, including our children for our own entertainment. But did you read the small print before installing the app? Don’t feel too bad as you are not alone. The terms of the Russian – owned app have led to a number of concerns regarding what it could actually do with your photos.

“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,” 

In layman’s terms this means that the photos you initially thought were safe and private could now be used in very public ways in the future. More over, the company’s privacy policy makes it crystal clear that it is able to save your information from your phone and can use it for marketing and possible advertisements.

Source: Twitter moments

FaceApp originally made its first appearance in 2017, but this time around the app seems to have become viral due to ‘#faceappchallenge”, which encourages people to upload their photos to the app and turn themselves into older beings.

To conclude, there is little known about the app, and that it is made by Russian developers, has led people to become cautious whilst using this unexplored app.

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