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The recent wave of FaceApp affected almost everyone.

All Social Media platforms are bombarded with FaceApp filtered pictures. Especially the Old/Aging filter- which turns your current picture into your future self. Everyone seems to enjoy this new sensation. Be it celebrities, stars, sportsmen, everyone enjoying watching themselves in old, wrinkled faces, grey hair pictures. Is this a New FaceApp Scam?

Besides, there is other news on social media regarding FaceApp, which suggests that people should avoid downloading and using this new viral app. Because once you download FaceApp, it asks for permission into your cell phone media gallery and other personal data.

However which can be used for any unstated purpose by the Russian government because FaceApp is developed and launched by a Russian company named Wireless Lab which uses neural network technology in this App development which automatically generates highly realistic transformations of faces in photographs.

Conspiracy theory

Like everything else, which does not come from or belong to the west is suggested as something suspicious and harmful for the masses. This is the conspiracy theory we often read and hear from the West about other countries that come up with something new.

We all precisely know that Facebook has been using data to help the CIA. The same has been the case with Google. Google allegedly has been tracking people and their search results to help the US government.

Moreover, every social media application we download and use, especially if it is related to photo editing asks for Media Gallary permission. So users must permit them to use for uploading pictures, videos, gifs, documents, etc.

Conclusion

So this conspiracy theory as always fall shorts of facts and figures but is the product of mere speculations. Might be a fit of professional jealousy, like in the case of a 5G war between the USA & China. Instead of spreading suspicions and speculations on social media, that it is a New FaceApp Scam. People should search for facts first and like every other application enjoy this sensation and ignore conspiracy theories.

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If you want to read further you may visit what Washington Post has to say about it.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2019/07/17/you-downloaded-faceapp-heres-what-youve-just-done-your-privacy/

By- Shoaib Ahmed

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