FaceApp has removed a number of racially themed photo filters after being accused of racism. The app, which uses artificial intelligence to edit pictures, this week launched a number of "ethnicity change filters". They claimed to show users what they'd look like if they were Caucasian, Black, Asian or Indian. FaceApp has attracted fierce criticism for launching the filters, with some users claiming they were racist, and encouraged users to "black up" digitally. Responding to the backlash, FaceApp founder and CEO, Yaroslav Goncharov, said, "The ethnicity change filters have been designed to be equal in all aspects.
The popular "FaceApp" has removed a series of racially-themed filters following a backlash against the app. The popular app uses Snapchat-style face filters to transform users' faces into different looks. It can make your face look older or younger, for example, or make a woman's face look like a man's. But in its most recent update, the app also added a series of "ethnicity change filters" called "Black," "Asian," "Indian," or "Caucasian." And, in case you were wondering, the filters were just as racist as they sound.
Dating and hook-up app Grindr says it will remove the "ethnicity filter" from the next version of its app, following years of criticism from its users. The app currently lets people filter potential matches according to their age, height, weight and ethnicity. But critics say the ethnicity filter fuels discrimination and that the app does too little to tackle racism. Announcing the change, Grindr said it had a "zero-tolerance policy for racism and hate speech" on its platform. On 29 May, the company had tweeted "Demand justice.
Dating app Grindr will finally remove its ethnicity filter, following years of criticism culminating in accusations of hypocrisy regarding the company's stance on #BlackLivesMatter. The app currently lets users filter potential matches based on age, height, weight and ethnicity, but the company -- which says it has a "zero-tolerance policy for racism and hate speech" -- has confirmed the ethnicity filter will be removed from the next version of the app. The change, which coincides with the start of Pride month, appears to have been catalyzed by responses to a tweet in which Grindr said, "Demand justice. One response to the tweet said "remove the ethnicity filter" and was subsequently retweeted 1,000 times. Grindr later deleted its original tweet, replacing it with the below.
The killing of George Floyd by police officers has spurred not only protests across the United States, but also -- often embarrassing -- responses from brands. The queer dating app Grindr offered its own statement on Twitter and Instagram on Monday, coinciding with the first day of Pride Month. They will take action including not only donating to both BLM and the Marsha P. Johnson Institute, but also by removing their ethnicity filters for their next app release: We will not be silent. "We will continue to fight racism on Grindr," the statement said, "both through dialogue with our community and zero-tolerance policy for racism and hate speech on our platform." A Grindr spokesperson told Mashable that racism has no place in their community.