Stella Hong, Grade 11
One iOS and Android application has gained national popularity for its seemingly amusing, unique qualities which, according to Business Insider, raked in 12 million first-time users in only a 1 week period. This application is called FaceApp, a free mobile application that uses artificial intelligence to transform the user’s face using filters. FaceApp uses an aging feature, which turns pictures that users upload of themselves into an elderly person in less than 20 seconds. With over 800,000 ratings and a 4.7 stars out of 5 stars, this application has quickly gained popularity, as celebrities, such as LeBron James, Carrie Underwood, and Gordon Ramsey, posted selfies of themselves using FaceApp on social media.
Many users, including head of the United States Department of Energy Rick Perry, began to repost this phrase in Instagram stories and in public posts to their followers. However, this post was debunked by the chief of Instagram, Adam Mosseri, who posted that anyone who sees this viral meme should be aware that “it’s not true.”
Brian Vu, the Fullerton Squadron 56 CyberPatriot coach, states that “internet security is important because users need to be able to work in a safe environment.” Whether it be through FaceApp or Instagram, users are becoming increasingly vigilant in the whereabouts of their own online data and information.