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FaceApp Has Now Access To Millions Of People`s Faces And Names

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The infamous FaceApp, a state of the art photo-editor powered by Artificial Intelligence has now gained access to more than 150 million people`s faces and names.

It is pertained to mention here that the Application in question enables its users to edit their pictures following an age timeline where users have largely indulged in again themselves. Users can download the said application from Apple and Android store respectively.

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According to FaceApp`s terms of services, the application has a never-ending and irrevocable royalty-free agreement with the end-user.

Many Twitter users expressed their concerns regarding FaceApp`s terms prior to access.

Robert Harjavec, founder and CEO of a global cybersecurity firm posted regarding the application in question and alleged breach of privacy.

“Seeing a LOT of FaceApp selfies – let me give you some context – anytime you interact with a third-party app and provide personal information, whether private info, financial details or yes even photos, you can’t know what the third party intends to do with it…,” Harjavec said in a twitter thread.


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. When you post or otherwise share User Content on or through our Services, you understand that your User Content and any associated information (such as your [username], location or profile photo) will be visible to the public.

-FaceApp Terms of Use

It seems as some application users are indulged in determining the breach of privacy, if any, others are taking the whole FaceApp saga on a much lighter note.

Celebrity Angle

The application gained traction on social media after celebrities from all over the world posted pictures using the age filter. SNL`s Jay Pharoah termed himself as Morgan Freeman and Bill Cosby`s love child and the remark was quite hilarious.

In another rather viral post, Jonas Brothers took to Instagram posting their age-old picture which has been trending since then.

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When you take a trip to the Year 3000.

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FaceApp in Russia

Social media, on the other hand, has been debating the Application`s connection to Russia. The application has been developed by a Russian Company known as Wireless Labs.

Forbes in an article pertaining to FaceApp quotes PhoneArena’s Peter Kostadinov. Kostadinov reminds the users about the consequences and says, “you might end up on a billboard somewhere in Moscow, but your face will most likely end up training some AI facial-recognition algorithm.”

Whether or not the application in question is breaching user privacy is for the end-user to decide. Once you grant access to your digital identity, the data collected including the photos are uploaded to cloud and beyond that, users have no control over their data.



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