UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — The selfie program FaceApp recently took one step forward, launching new filters, but then swiftly took two steps back following accusations of racism.
On Aug. 9, FaceApp updated its software to include a range of “ethnic filters,” so when a user uploaded a selfie, it could be modified to fit one of four categories: Caucasian, Asian, Indian or black.
The app already helps users to alter a selfie by modifying age, gender and even levels of happiness, but a lot of FaceApp users are not happy with the new feature.
Many users turned to social media to complain, describing the update as “racist” and “offensive”, and others tested the filters on famous faces such as U.S. President Donald Trump.
Within less than 24 hours of uploading the new feature, FaceApp confirmed it was pulling it. The filters are no longer available to use.