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Age Challenge Goes Viral Again - Some Truths That Everyone Needs to Know

Age Challenge Goes Viral Again - Some Truths That Everyone Needs to Know

A new trend - Age Challenge has been sweeping the internet soon after the popular Bottle Cap Challenge.

For example, your favorite stars of The Avengers, Thor looked like his dad Odin, your handsome Captain America has been changed into a grandma, and the Science Bros seems to have a problem of hair.

In addition to the film and television celebrities, the young sports stars have also quickly caught up with the trend. See, Curry seems to have skyrocketed to 80 years old. James, too, had a gray beard. 

Many footballers like Old Ronaldo, Messi, Mbappe, Neymar also have given their fans a glimpse of what they could look like in the next few decades. 

The Age Challenge also goes viral between singers. Singers like Lil Nas X, Sam Smith, and Charlie Puth have each released their aged photos. 

This kind of face-change looks real, just like the reality, the age leaves a mark on everyone's face.

So, what's the age challenge, and how does it work?

In fact, all of these images were created through a piece of software called FaceApp. 

You may feel a little familiar with the name because this is not the first time it has become popular. The baby challenge and the sex reversal challenge were once-popular, and this time, it is the special moment for the aging challenge. 

FaceApp uses neural networks - a type of artificial intelligence - to make its face changing. It lets users select a photo from their gallery and makes them look decades older in a matter of minutes. 

If you have too many photos in your gallery, the app can also scan your gallery and pull out only the photos that feature faces. You can then save the edited image and post it on social media to win likes. 

The app also lets users see what they would look like if they were a few years younger or different gender. 

As we could see from the above photos, FaceApp's "aging" is so realistic. 

Furthermore, it's simple to use this face-changing software. If you have played with this software before, you may already be familiar with it. 

For the first time, after all, permissions are allowed, it will automatically recognize photos with faces in the mobile phone album through AI, and usually, most of the photos will be correctly recognized. 

However, not all recognized photos can use face-changing effects, and some photos with sides or smaller faces will show that "Faces are not detected in the photos." 

The app itself is free but comes with the option of $3.99 (£3.22) premium service. If you do not pay to upgrade to the premium service, in fact, there are not many face-changing filters available, only with a basic "smile" or a popular "aging filter" across the web. 

In the software, the filters will fall into different categories, such as getting older under the age category, and two young filters in the same category. 

In terms of actual results, FaceApp's "aging filter" has improved a lot in neural network analysis, many of its "aging" photos maintain the personal characteristics, and you won't feel that something is amiss.

It's not only to add wrinkles, but the skin also will do the corresponding relaxed aging, and even your own eyes will become smaller because of the aging of eyelids. 

If you don't want to turn back to the page, you can also go directly into the album from the Photos below to choose your own or someone else's photos. 

Additionally, FaceApp can also search for many famous stars' portraits. Just click on the "Celebrities" below to enter the search page, and you might turn your face into your idol's face. 

However, sometimes, after you select the photo, the App will be stuck in the "processing photos." It means that the face-changing process is not operated by your smartphone, but is on the server through a neural network calculation. 

It raises a lot of questions, such as "where will my facial data be uploaded to the server," and " is there any provision to protect my data?" or else.

With these questions, we know that controversies exist and that the FaceApp has some privacy issues.

For popular software, it's always right to look at it with a little caution. 

Sure enough, while FaceApp is popular, it has also exposed a lot of privacy issues. 

However, some people think that the privacy issues of FaceApp have been exaggerated. Facial data is easily available, and the key now is that face recognition data is not abused rather than obtained. 

Obviously, the privacy issue of FaceApp is not that simple. It is clearly stated in FaceApp's privacy policy that the application will obtain information such as your location, IP address, and log files to locate the target ads. With this data, FaceApp advertisers can advertise to users in specific areas. 

Besides, FaceApp also states its terms of service: 

"You grant FaceApp a perpetual, irrevocable, nonexclusive, royalty-free, worldwide, fully-paid, transferable sub-licensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, publicly perform and display your User Content and any name, username or likeness provided in connection with your User Content in all media formats and channels now known or later developed, without compensation to you."

To put it simply, it might sell all your data. As we know, there are similar terms of service for applications such as Facebook and Instagram. 

These provisions are not written for your benefit but intended to make up for potential legal liability and to reduce the actual sharing of your data by the company. 

And in a statement cited by media outlets, the company FaceApp has denied selling or sharing user data with third parties, "99% of users don't log in; therefore, we don't have access to any data that could identify a person," adding that most images are deleted from its servers within 48 hours of the upload date.

Whatever, it is seemingly inevitable to sacrifice some privacy to enjoy the fruits of the Internet, but we should keep thinking and promote the more detailed and comprehensive implementation of privacy norms so that we can better hold on to our data.

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