FaceApp says it's not uploading all your photos

Basil Zempilas run through the app

Camera Icon Basil Zempilas run through the app

FaceApp, which was developed by a group of programmers in St Petersburg, Russia, has prompted a new viral challenge with people from all over the world posting pictures of themselves looking 40-50 years older.

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A few days ago a unusual trend took over the internet all over the world, celebrities were sharing pictures of themselves in which they were looking older with wrinkles, grey hair and saggy cheeks. Now, however, tech sources are raising security concerns about the app. As for those that use FaceApp purely for the purposes of altering the appearance of fictional characters, there's nothing to see here.

Because of the advanced neural processing engine, your part in using this app is very simple.

According to Complex.com, although the app has been popular since its original release in 2017, it's spreading widely again thanks to the company releasing a new and improved "old age" filter Tuesday.

Once you have it downloaded, you will be prompted to subscribe to FaceApp PRO. So, even if you delete the images from your phone, FaceApp still has it and owns it.

The FaceApp Challenge is taking the internet by storm by turning your favorite celebrities into senior citizens.

Though FaceApp has been around for a while, it's witnessing a surge of interest on social media right now.

The good news is FaceApp won't steal your entire photo library.

"For example, it can add a smile, change gender and age, or just make you more attractive", the programmer explained. Don't give FaceApp access to your photos.

First to join the madness was Arjun Kapoor who posted the photo and captioned it with, "Old age hit me like".

It turns out that any photos you select to edit in FaceApp are uploaded to its servers.

However, others have warned users to beware of what they're signing up to when they use the app. Consider a red flag raised.

FaceApp advises users to submit such requests through settings, support, "report a bug" and add "privacy" in the subject line.

The company's terms, however, allow that it might sell some assets, including user data, to other organizations, and share data with affiliate companies.

According to TechCrunch, the app can not see your entire photo library unless you give it permission, even if you are still able to edit photos - at least on iOS.

Truth be told, FaceApp's filters does a very believable job that nearly always sparks a "Wow!" or at least a "Would you look at that!".

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