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“FaceApp only shows the older version of ourselves we want to see.
Viral smartphone application FaceApp is everywhere this week in its second big splash since its 2017 debut. Back then, the AI-powered program offered users different “ethnicity” filters that allowed them to edit selfies to fit one of four broad racial categories: white, Asian, Indian, or black.
The filters, which the Verge accurately described as “tantamount to a sort of digital blackface,” were removed, and the buzz around FaceApp died down.
Regrettably, it popped back up again this week with the debut of its “aging” filter, spurring the #AgeChallenge. Almost immediately, this led to a slate of celebrities, politicians, all of your friends, their friends, their pets, etc. sharing images of their faces, heavily filtered to look like they’re in the latter half of their golden years…”
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