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FaceApp briefly added race filters for some reason

August 9, 2017

The tone-deaf new update only lasted a few hours.

Earlier today, FaceApp, the mobile application developed by Russian company Wireless Lab, released a highly questionable new feature. Before taking down the evidently racist new “update,” users were able to change their ethnicity using filters categorized as “Black,” “Indian,” “Caucasian” and “Asian.” It was an inexplicable move for a company that already apologized earlier this year for releasing a filter designed to make users “hotter” by lightening their skin and reducing the size of prominent facial features.  And perhaps that’s why it didn’t last long—according to the Verge, the app’s controversial new filters will likely be gone by the time you read this. 

A representative from the app initially defended the update with the following statement:

“The ethnicity change filters have been designed to be equal in all aspects. They don’t have any positive or negative connotations associated with them. They are even represented by the same icon. In addition to that, the list of those filters is shuffled for every photo, so each user sees them in a different order.”

Official FaceApp Statement

The new update was a far cry from the application’s initial iteration, which sped up aging and generated a forced smile. It’s safe to say that if you still have FaceApp, it’s time to clear some space on your phone.

 

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