Except for Patrick from Spongebob Squarepants, who lives under the rock, who else in this world not on social media sites and is unaware of #FaceApp? And even, I mean EVEN, if you are too naive to have social media presence the people around you won’t let you remain oblivious of the things happening on the internet.
Each day there’s something extraordinary trending on the internet that has got everyone’s attention. People are generating content on it, making memes and even writing detail blogs on it. I mean who writes blogs on social media topic, who on earth is so desperate for attention and views? Ohhh…
Nowadays, the internet has gone crazy over the #FaceApp challenge. Which unlike, Snapchat, is trending for making the users look older instead of unrealistically beautiful with filters. It was just yesterday when I logged into my Facebook and Instagram accounts to find celebrities, influencers, my friends, my family and aged people using the old-age filter from the new application called, the #FaceApp. Isn’t that ironic?
However, it’s the internet world where privacy breaching is an issue yet to be tackled. Therefore, it hardly took the application two days of popularity to have several articles written against its alleged terms and conditions.
#FaceApp: Is The Application Not Safe For You?
“BE CAREFUL WITH FACE APP!”
This what the software developer, Joshua Nozzi, has to say about the viral application that’s making rounds all over the internet.
Mr. Nozzi claims that whenever you use a picture to insert the provided filter in the application, the application immediately uploads your pictures, without even asking. Didn’t someone told you that CONSENT IS FREAKING IMPORTANT?!
Joshua’s claim erupts a global concern that triggered different social media outlets that started questioning the trustworthiness of the application.
Is the Russian Application Uploading Everything You Have on Your Camera Roll?
The concerns and doubts regarding the authenticity a safety of the application took place when it was out and open that #FaceApp is a Russian-based Application. And well, American can’t trust Russians.
The tweet from New York Times’s Charlie Warzel has sparked people even more. He writes in his tweets, “The app that you’re willingly giving all your facial data to says the company’s location is in Saint-Petersburg, Russia.”
Even the Guardians believe that unlike American technologies, Russians are not respectful when it comes to private data.
However, all this fire was lessened a bit on Wednesday when A French security researcher with pseudonym Elliot Alderson cleared the misconception regarding the application. The researcher said that he had a brief check on the application and found out the app is not uploading your entire camera roll. However, it still has access to the pictures you have used for modification. nd
Another further information provided by Alderson was that the application doesn’t have access to all information on your smartphone. It only has your device ID and your device model. Which is acceptable from an application of this nature.
What Does The #FaceApp Application Have to Say Over Accusations?
Our sources reached out to the application to know their side of the story as well.
FaceApp also responded to the controversy on Wednesday that it “might store” some uploaded photos in the cloud. They further added that this is for “performance and traffic” reasons. It also said that while the app’s “core R&D team is located in Russia, the user data is not transferred to Russia”.
So now that we know the details about the application and the controversies attached to it, it’s time to look out for application that has confusing terms and policies.