Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past year, you’d have known about FaceApp, the app that lets you see into the future
As well as what you’ll look like if you were born a different gender
Reader Bao: That’s why I mostly don’t trust dating apps
Isn’t it because you can’t get likes even after using FaceApp?
Reader Bao: Well, yeah, hence mostly.
Well, one innovative YouTuber in Singapore decides to use FaceApp to switch the gender of popular male celebrities and, well, once you’ve seen their pictures, you can’t unsee them anymore.
YouTuber Used FaceApp to Turn Male Celebrities into Female & They Look Prettier Than Natalie Siow
First thing first, Natalie Siow.
If you don’t know who she is, she’s the one involved in the Orchard Towers murder that had many people commenting on her beauty:
Well, these male celebrities can certainly contend with her in the looks department.
P/S: The YouTuber didn’t indicate who’s who in the images so we’re just going to play a guessing game on those whom we recognise.
Wang Lee Hom
Yes, there’s a fine reason why they’re international superstars.
Too fine, some might say.
You can see his full Facebook post below:
Previously, FaceApp exploded on the internet for reportedly invading users’ privacy.
A Twitter user took to the platform to lambast FaceApp for uploading all of his photos:
If you can’t see, he’s warning people about Faceapp uploading your photos without asking.
And then the internet exploded. Based on no evidence.
Websites started picking the story and publishing about Faceapp, including 9to5Mac, TechCrunch, and Forbes. The Democratic National Committee sent alerts to the 2020 presidential candidates on use of the app. A senator even suggested an FBI investigation. Yep, it went that far.
Turns out, it’s not entirely true.
A security researcher later released a series of tweets so misinformation doesn’t spread. Basically, he found that FaceApp only took the photos that you want the software to transform to upload to company servers.
— Elliot Alderson (@fs0c131y) July 16, 2019
And those servers are based in the US.
Joshua Nozzi would apologise on his website, saying that he was wrong about his accusation. He only did it because he was angry. And from my side, I don’t blame him much. The ones who picked up the story based on a tweet are more at fault for believing everything.
In reply to Forbes, FaceApp founder Yaroslav Goncahrov also said, “We might store an uploaded photo in the cloud. The main reason for that is performance and traffic: we want to make sure that the user doesn’t upload the photo repeatedly for every edit operation. Most images are deleted from our servers within 48 hours from the upload date.”
Users can also request that all user data be deleted. And users can do this by going to settings, then support and opt to report a bug, using the word “privacy” in the subject line message.
Moral of the story? Don’t believe anything people say unless there is definitive proof. Certainly, don’t do it based on a tweet.
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