Will you keep using FaceApp now that Chuck Schumer warned against?

Will you keep using FaceApp now that Chuck Schumer warned against?
You've heard of FaceApp, haven't you? How could you not when all media outlets report these days that someone actually sat and read the app permissions T&C. If not, a primer - FaceApp takes your pretty visage, and can fast forward your skin's collagen and hair's melanin content decrease to portray how you'd look like when wisdom strikes.

It can also make you younger or swap your gender identity but it's the fear of the feeble future that has made users flock to its evidently good algorithms for quality guesswork on how you'd age. 

Perfecting those algorithm has come with a cost, though - the app has a pretty liberal permissions policy when it comes to using the images you upload and, since the founder is Russian, that has sent the collective punditry on a colluision course yet again. 

Founder Yaroslav Goncharov had to go into explanation mode, probed by multiple media inquiries, and released a statement addressing all those sudden privacy and security concerns point by point.

We are receiving a lot of inquiries regarding our privacy policy and therefore, would like to provide a few points that explain the basics:

1. FaceApp performs most of the photo processing in the cloud. We only upload a photo selected by a user for editing. We never transfer any other images from the phone to the cloud.

2. 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.

3. We accept requests from users for removing all their data from our servers. Our support team is currently overloaded, but these requests have our priority. For the fastest processing, we recommend sending the requests from the FaceApp mobile app using “Settings->Support->Report a bug” with the word “privacy” in the subject line. We are working on the better UI for that.

4. All FaceApp features are available without logging in, and you can log in only from the settings screen. As a result, 99% of users don’t log in; therefore, we don’t have access to any data that could identify a person.

5. We don’t sell or share any user data with any third parties.

6. Even though the core R&D team is located in Russia, the user data is not transferred to Russia.

Additionally, we’d like to comment on one of the most common concerns: all pictures from the gallery are uploaded to our servers after a user grants access to the photos (for example, https://twitter.com/joshuanozzi/status/1150961777548701696). We don’t do that. We upload only a photo selected for editing. You can quickly check this with any of network sniffing tools available on the internet.


Needless to say, even though FaceApp basically uses Amazon and Google servers for the crunching, a few political points can and will be scored over the Wikipedia-derived Russian address of FaceApp's HQ. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer didn't let a good controversy go to waste, immediately advised Democrats against using the app, and is gunning for an FBI probe into face-swapping:



Given the brouhaha around FaceApp which has been a popular app for a good while now, we wanted to ask whether you share the Senate Minority Leader's concerns that Russians are after your pretty face for nefarious purposes, or would you continue using FaceApp relatively unfazed by the possibility.

Will you keep using FaceApp now that Chuck Schumer has warned against it?

Yes
42.95%
No
57.05%

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22 Comments

1. VariableCheapskate

Posts: 103; Member since: May 29, 2019

I don't need to take the advice of Cuck Schumer to avoid social media apps.

2. VariableCheapskate

Posts: 103; Member since: May 29, 2019

Or advice from those who can't stop talking about Russian Dressing in their salad, seriously it's 2019 move the hell on already lmao.

8. Bankz

Posts: 2531; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

As if our pictures aren't plastered all over social media around the globe loool

14. logicsdude

Posts: 83; Member since: Jun 25, 2014

Keep using? I never started.

3. rebretz

Posts: 114; Member since: Dec 26, 2011

If you can't trust Russians with your data and information who can you trust?

5. Valdomero

Posts: 666; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

Definitely the Chinese, they're your friends...

4. Valdomero

Posts: 666; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

I never use these type of face-over/swaping apps, Snapchat, FaceApp and the likes were never installed on my phone and never will.

6. Trex95

Posts: 2380; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Roman and Taj fast 50 Lol.

7. RoryBreaker

Posts: 207; Member since: Oct 11, 2015

I wasn't using this stupid app in the first place!

9. cmdacos

Posts: 4106; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

No one cares...

10. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3123; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I don’t need an app to tell me how I’ll look when I’m old and bald - I’m there already.

11. LiveFaith

Posts: 455; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

Russia! LOL. If that guy had a 1/2 ounce of shame, he would run from the very word. He don't.

12. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 926; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

I'm pretty sure I can say with confidence FB will be sharing all my photos without my consent.

13. rsiders

Posts: 1934; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Lol I'm just standing by watching everyone else fast forward the will of time. I'm good right where I'm at in life. But it's pretty entertaining to see.

15. miketer

Posts: 513; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

I'm living under a rock and I'm happy I didn't hear about this app.

16. Vogue1985

Posts: 448; Member since: Jan 24, 2017

Its Russian. So what. Seriously, when you at the nonsense happening here,a face makeup shouldn't even be in the news. Plus all the made here in the USA you dont see or hear as xenophobic statements.

17. Vogue1985

Posts: 448; Member since: Jan 24, 2017

Oh my I look great at 89

18. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1318; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

The only issue here is that the devs take full ownership of your face and data with zero liability whatsoever.

19. Vogue1985

Posts: 448; Member since: Jan 24, 2017

Lol,if their companies that have real data on people,google facebook etc.not some silly pic app. Your likes,dislikes,where you work,what you eat,your friends,your family,you history etc endless,what you watch,listen too,your shopping endless data

20. MsPooks

Posts: 76; Member since: Jul 08, 2019

Yes...but it's with YOUR consent. How's that a problem?

21. AlienKiss

Posts: 137; Member since: May 21, 2019

And now they have your face and iris. Probably your voice, email and other credentials. All that remains is to wait and use them against you.. Maybe now it doesn't matter, but in 10 years when EVERYTHING will be digital.. Keep using fb..

22. basher

Posts: 105; Member since: Sep 20, 2015

Let's face it. Russians are good in making good apps and software. Kaspersky, prism, WhatsApp, telegram and now this one. Keep the good work dear Russians

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