Smart phones modern come to market with cameras that are very strong and functions of photography, which include filters to minimize minor imperfections and look more handsome. However, contradictory to this, there are times that, far from wanting to see more young people, with skins more smooth and without wrinkles, many like to play to see how they would look when they get older. So much so, that the social networks of several countries have fallen into a new challenge viral that leads us to see our face of the future.
This is the FaceApp Challenge and consists, basically, of sharing in social networks photos or selfies in the us look more old. If you go to the app, a photo current, the service replicates filling of wrinkles, gray hair and other signs typical of the passage of the years.
This seems very harmless, especially if we take into account other challenges that became viral in the past. But, if you are concerned about your privacy, the FaceApp Challenge has a hidden face that you need to know, and is that not only is this a app to have fun and share photos with family and friends, that surprise by their realism. Below, we will explain to you everything you should know about the FaceApp Challenge, before uploading your photograph to this application.
Who is behind FaceApp?
The terms that you agree to when using the app
In your terms it makes it very clear that, when using the application, you grant consent to FaceApp “to use the content of the user”. And, when using their services, you are accepting that “the content of the user can be used for commercial purposes”.
“We may share user content and your information (which includes, among others, information from cookies, log files, device identifiers, location data, and usage data) with businesses that are part legally the same group of FaceApp or which become part of that group, that is to say, the “Affiliates”. Affiliates may use this information to help provide, understand and improve the service (including the provision of analysis) and the services of the Affiliates (including providing experiences best and most relevant)”.
That is to say, the app is full of a number of conditions and small print that it is better to know beforehand because, what at first may seem like a “Challenge” harmless, at the end you can not be both.
What says FaceApp?
FaceApp gave a detailed statement to TechCrunch, saying that it is possible that you could store the photos that are uploaded in the cloud, but which are subsequently deleted, citing as the main reason for the performance and the speed.
“We want to make sure that users do not load a photo repeatedly for each editing operation. Most of the images are deleted from our servers within 48 hours of the date of loading,” said the publication, adding that “we do not sell or share any user data with third parties”.
Government agencies warn of the use of FaceApp
Despite the assurances of FaceApp, the Democratic National Committee warned the presidential campaigns of not using the app, according to CNN. “This application allows users to perform different transformations on the photos of the people, as the ageing of the face of the person in the image. Unfortunately, this novelty is not without its risks: FaceApp was developed by the russians,” stresses Bob Lord, chief security officer of DNC.
Legal experts in the networks has echoed concerns about this policy of the company, and alert users to how dangerous it can be to use it in order to look aged, beyond the shock or impression that can give us the result.
If you use #FaceApp you are giving them a license to use your photos, your name, your username, and your likeness for any purpose including commercial purposes (like on a billboard or internet ad) — see their Terms: https://t.co/e0sTgzowoN pic.twitter.com/XzYxRdXZ9q
— Elizabeth Potts Weinstein (@ElizabethPW) July 17, 2019
Examples of the use of FaceApp on social networks
— Your Fool (@tiredbuthyped) July 17, 2019
— PENNY (@Penny_BBT) July 17, 2019
— The Popular (@elpopular_pe) July 16, 2019
O my mother! Roberto Leal we will continue to conquer with their dances even with gray hair as it does in @OT_Oficial ???????? ¿What do you think @RobertoLealG? #FaceAppChallenge pic.twitter.com/KlS0FUD9PJ
— The 1 (@La1_tve) July 17, 2019
— Jay Bilas (@JayBilas) June 17, 2019
— Karanja. (@karanja_mleftie) July 17, 2019
— Borussia Dortmund (@BlackYellow) July 17, 2019
*Article updated on July 17, 2019 by Milenka Peña.
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