While there is no evidence that FaceApp has done anything illegal or even morally corrupt, there is still reason to be skeptical of them. Their public statements may be intended to make you feel safer, but there is no existing evidence to back up any of their comments. Without an independent review of the corporation by a reputable third party or stricter government regulations, all a user can do is take the company’s word and hope for the best.
You may be wondering, “What would even happen if FaceApp did sell that selfie I just took?” At this point in time, it is impossible to comprehend all of the potential implications, as the capabilities and requirements of governments and organizations are evolving rapidly alongside technology. At present, however, this information can be used to train stronger Artificial Intelligence, recognize you in a crowd or create fake social media profiles and videos. So while all of this may not sound overly alarming, it is still best to avoid putting yourself in these situations. Artificial Intelligence has been growing at an exponential rate, so there's no telling to what extent your data could be used for in the future.
We always recommend using cell phone applications carefully, and FaceApp is no exception. Although there is no evidence to indicate that FaceApp has done anything malicious or morally corrupt, it’s always best to proceed with caution. If you do decide to use FaceApp, you should use it the way you would use any other social media: always ask permission before editing pictures of your friends or family and make sure not to upload any pictures that you wouldn’t post publicly online.
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