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Selfie app in racism storm

 

A new app that alters people’s selfies to make them look different has been criticised for lightening skin while in “hot mode”​

FaceApp, which was created in Russia, is available for Android and Apple phones.

Once you’ve taken a selfie, you use the app to transform your image, making you look younger, older or a different gender.

You can also create a collage of images and add various “smile” filters, which some have labelled creepy.

However, most criticism has been targeted at the app’s hot mode which whitewashes users’ skin tones.

FaceApp maker Wireless Lab OOO said it was working on a fix and changed the name of the filter to “Spark”.

“We are deeply sorry for this unquestionably serious issue,” reads their statement. “It is an unfortunate side-effect of the underlying neural network caused by the training set bias, not intended behaviour.”