FaceApp. The power behind those aged selfies you’ve seen all over your social feeds again this week, after its first wave of popularity a few years ago. How much data are we giving away when we sign up? An increasing number of people have raised concerns this week over the app’s terms of service…
That Faceapp face-aging thing?
-Requires your Facebook login
-receives your name, profile picture, photos and email address via FB
-The company is based in St. Petersburg, Russia 1/3
— Bob Cesca (@bobcesca_go) July 17, 2019
And just like that, millions of ppl handed over pictures and data to a Russian app developer so they could see and share what they would look like when they are older 🤔 #FaceApp
— Ceylan Yeginsu (@CeylanWrites) July 16, 2019
While some have countered that FaceApp isn’t unique or unusual in what it requests access to –
I am not seeing much fishy in FaceApp
Photos are uploaded to FaceApp's servers on AWS w/ authorization. Not much info is being sent to FaceApp's servers other than user metrics (e.g. ui interactions)
I just wish there's an option for users to delete their photos from the server
— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) July 17, 2019
everyone pointing out FaceApp’s personal data terms of service to try to prove they’re smarter than everybody else might want to check the ToS on pretty much every social media app they use
— Lex Croucher (@lexcanroar) July 17, 2019
In response to the questions, FaceApp has this week released a statement regarding its data use –
Additionally, we’d like to comment on one of the most common concerns: all pictures from the gallery are uploaded to our servers after a user grants access to the photos (for example, https://twitter.com/joshuanozzi/status/1150961777548701696). We don’t do that. We upload only a photo selected for editing. You can quickly check this with any of network sniffing tools available on the internet.
Earlier this year, Instagram began experimenting with allowing users to hide the number of likes and views on content shared. The pilot began in Canada, and this week Instagram has announced that it’ll be expanding the feature to New Zealand, Australia, Brazil, Ireland, Italy, and Japan.
While users who opt in can always see their own like and view figures, the feature aims to remove some of the pressure associated with receiving enough engagements on images shared – encouraging users to focus on connections, rather than number of likes.
Twitter has this week unveiled a new desktop site:
— Twitter (@Twitter) July 15, 2019
While it’s looking pretty slick, one peek at the replies to Twitter’s announcement reveal what users really want…
rt for an edit button
— matthew’s concept emporium (@MattsIdeaShop) July 15, 2019
Like this if you want an edit button. 😡
— MIKE BRESLIN’S POINTLESS TWEETS (@mikebreslin815) July 15, 2019
Twitter will redesign the entire site and make it ugly, but won’t give us an edit button
— quig (@realQuig) July 16, 2019
Facebook is implementing a new anti-scam process in the UK – part of its agreement with Martin Lewis following his lawsuit against the platform in 2018.
The suit was based on the number of scam ads that users were seeing, and Lewis dropped the case after agreeing with Facebook that it would create a scam ads reporting tool as well as donate funds to set up a Citizens Advice Scams Action service.
When tapping on the three dots at the top right of any ad post, you’re given the option to report an ad as a scam – as you always could. Now though, there’s a new addition – ‘Send a detailed scam report’. The user will be able to add details to be assessed by a dedicated internal team.
Twitter has this week introduced LiveCut, a ‘new media publishing tool that integrates SnappyTV’s core functionality into Media Studio, Twitter’s content management platform for publishers’.
From the Twitter media centre:
We designed LiveCut to be easy, fast, and free in order to meet the needs of social video producers, whether you’re part of a global media company or a one-person production team.
With the addition of LiveCut, Media Studio becomes a one-stop shop for publishers’ video needs, empowering them to launch a live broadcast, cut video clips from it, and share them across Twitter within a single platform.
Additionally, publishers are now able to launch private broadcasts, share broadcasts across teams, and create and monetize video clips.
Twitter added that Liverpool FC was one publisher that took part in the LiveCut beta program, using it to live broadcast the 2019 UEFA Champions League trophy homecoming.
LiveCut replaces SnappyTV, Twitter’s service which allows users to create video clips in real-time for sharing across social. Twitter will be killing off SnappyTV by the end of this year.
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