FaceApp Accused Of Giving Users A Chance To Don Digital 'Blackface'

FaceApp Accused Of Giving Users A Chance To Don Digital 'Blackface'

In a statement to The Washington Post, FaceApp chief executive Yaroslav Goncharov defended the new filters. "In addition to that, the list of those filters is shuffled for every photo, so each user sees them in a different order".

The "ethnicity change" filters can only be used in conjunction with each other as part of a collage, presumably to show the contrast between the original photo and the race-swapped photos.

"The ethnicity change filters have been created to be equal in all aspects", Goncharov said. They are even represented by the same icon.

For some reason, Snapchat decided it was a good idea to create a Bob Marley filter - one that makes the user look like a freaky, warped version of the late singer, dreadlocks and all.

He told CNNMoney that it would be removed on FaceApp servers, so users did not need to update their apps in order to remove the filer option. The "Asian" filter softened my features, broadening my nose a little and flattening my bulgy eyes.

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FaceApp, ignoring its own previous missteps and those of others, has wandered back into controversy with a new update launching today that adds "ethnicity change filters", allowing users to see what it would look like if they were Caucasian, Black, Asian or Indian. Lucy Yang/INSIDER FaceApp's "Black" filter.

FaceApp's newest filters, however, don't pretend they're anything but racial.

Ultimately, these race-changing filters play into the acceptance of depicting another race for your own personal entertainment, a concept in the USA that can directly be seen in how blackface was used in vaudeville performances to make fun of black people at their expense.

Not to mention Snapchat has received similar criticism in the past for its Bob Marley and "anime-inspired" filters, which users called "digital blackface" and "yellowface", respectively.

Moreover, it's not entirely clear why or how FaceApp chose the four categories it did - categories that include billions of people who can vastly differ in their physical appearance. The app didn't use a diverse enough data set while training the filter to define "hotness", which essentially meant that the filter tried to make everyone look whiter to make them look more attractive.

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