FaceApp deletes ethnicity filters following racism accusations

By midian182 ยท 18 replies
Aug 10, 2017
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  1. Another company has been forced to remove photo filters after being accused of racism. The AI-powered FaceApp program, which had gained popularity for its ability to make subjects smile, appear younger or older, and swap genders, came under fire for its ‘ethnicity change filters.’

    Yesterday, the application introduced a process that could transform users’ faces using a “black,” “white,”“Asian,” and “Indian” filter. The move resulted in a social media backlash, with users calling it racist and offensive while others compared it to blackface and yellowface.

    FaceApp initially defended the filters. The Russia-based company insisted “they don’t have any positive or negative connotations associated with them.” CEO Yaroslav Goncharov said: “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.”

    But a few hours following their introduction, Goncharov said the “controversial” filters would be removed. They disappeared from the app soon after his statement.

    This isn’t the first time FaceApp has dealt with an outcry over its filters. A “hot mode” tool it added it April that was supposed make users look more attractive lightened their skin color, enlarged eyes, and removed glasses.

    Other apps have faced criticism over similar filters. The Bob Marley lens Snapchat released to honor marijuana holiday 4/20 last year was quickly removed, but the company was again accused of racism a few months later when it added a filter that made users look like Asian caricatures, complete with buck teeth, slanted eyes, and rosy cheeks.

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  2. Kotters

    Kotters TS Maniac Posts: 311   +210

    People get pissed about everything, don't they?
    psycros, Reehahs, amstech and 4 others like this.
  3. namesrejected

    namesrejected TS Guru Posts: 398   +301

    This comment pisses me off !
    psycros, Reehahs, SirChocula and 3 others like this.
  4. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 3,935   +2,424

    Hmmmmmmm .....
  5. seeprime

    seeprime TS Maniac Posts: 200   +171

    This looks like a fun thing to use. Too bad crybabies claim "racism" when the opposite appears to be the case, with the app allowing people to simulate looking like any race they choose. There is no claim of any race being superior to another. In fact, it may have helped change some attitudes and eased tension. Can't have that.
    psycros, SirChocula, MaXtor and 4 others like this.
  6. m4a4

    m4a4 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,035   +554

    They should've stood their ground. The reasonable people would've gained respect for them sticking it to the crybabies (who seemingly want to put their labels on everything).
    psycros, Reehahs, SirChocula and 3 others like this.
  7. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,519   +3,035

    People seem to cry "racism" at the very slightest opportunity. I guess they feel "empowered". When you come right down to it, SJW's are the real bullies. They just like to hear themselves whimper about whatever they can trump up to complain about.

    Sociologists teach us that being "ethnocentric", is quite normal, not "racist", as so many people would like to force you to believe.
    psycros, SirChocula and dms96960 like this.
  8. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,278

    I'm impressed with the way you motivated your reasoning there. Now we all fully understand why you were pissed off.
  9. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,278

    I guess a lot of people don't like to be laughed at but instead would rather do the laughing at the expense of someone else. Those are the sort of people who typically hold themselves in very high esteem, but they're the only ones.
  10. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,519   +3,035

    Well now I'm pissed because you're pissed, because he's pissed, that the "other guy" is pissed....:mad::cool:
  11. namesrejected

    namesrejected TS Guru Posts: 398   +301

    Crap! Captaincranky is pissed now? I respect him ( I know, low standards rite? ), so now I'm really really pissed!
    captaincranky and TempleOrion like this.
  12. mrjgriffin

    mrjgriffin TS Addict Posts: 262   +114

    People who act like this weren't beaten enough when they were children lol. what a bunch of crybabies.
  13. TempleOrion

    TempleOrion TS Member Posts: 18   +16

    You sound pissed.
    enemys and namesrejected like this.
  14. MaXtor

    MaXtor TS Booster Posts: 154   +44

    I used to consider myself a Liberal, but in the last few years I've been maturing and I find myself no longer agreeing with many Liberal ideals. I think I'm more in the middle, and I would not classify myself as a Liberal or a Conservative. :/ Anyways nothing wrong with this app feature, you can make yourself look any race, including white. I'd try it out of curiosity, I think it'd be fun.
  15. Mighty Duck

    Mighty Duck TS Booster Posts: 101   +47

    It pisses me that you all get pissed so easily .
  16. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 2,058   +1,520

    It takes some adjustment when you realize that a lot of the beliefs you were raised with (or indoctrinated with in school) were based on mindless tribalism rather than logical thinking and an understanding of human behavior. You probably won't be any *happier* with you eyes opened more but you WILL be more confident in your arguments and decision-making. There's also a good chance that you'll develop a dislike for those who still blindly cling to their idealistic fairly tales at everyone else's expense.
    MaXtor likes this.
  17. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,519   +3,035

    Yeah well, piss off! :p
  18. namesrejected

    namesrejected TS Guru Posts: 398   +301

    Well, I will say its better to be "pissed off" than to be " pissed on ".
  19. Vulcanproject

    Vulcanproject TS Guru Posts: 312   +277

    South Asian Trump looks like a classy guy with that 'tache.

    African Trump looks like he has an uncooked turkey sat on his head.

    Needs more work.
    TempleOrion likes this.

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