The new race-related filters on FaceAppSource Alexis Kleinman FaceApp
10 August, 2017, 05:09
All the typical things that might stop a massive social network from doing this - the fact that it looks like like automated blackface, the reductiveness of creating a Bob Marley filter on 4/20, the half-hearted attempts at incorporating Marley's music, the fact that it literally slaps blackface and dreadlocks on everyone who tries it - apparently didn't occur to Snapchat.
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.
"The ethnicity change filters have been created to be equal in all aspects. They don't have any positive or negative connotations associated with them", a representative from FaceApp told Buzzfeed in a statement.
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. "They are even represented by the same icon", Goncharov wrote. (Ed. note: I initially included the results in this post, along with the results from some of my colleagues, but they were so awful and discomfiting that I removed them and am instead just describing the horror for you.) The "Caucasian" filter gave me an unnatural pinkish hue, and added wrinkles under my eyes and along my smile lines. Lucy Yang/INSIDER FaceApp's "Indian" filter. Here's what they looked like when I ran a photo of myself through the face filters. The "black" filter darkened my skin, also broadened my nose, thinned out my eyebrows, and puffed my lips up. Just previous year, Snapchat apologised for adding an offensive Bob Marleyselfie filter to its stable.
The AI-based selfie editing tool FaceApp has released a batch of new smart filters created to swap the user's race. FaceApp CEO Yaroslav Goncharov stressed that any of the filters created to make people's faces look better would preserve the ethnicity of the user, while the "ethnicity change filters" were "designed to be equal in all aspects", Goncharov told TechCrunch in a statement.
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