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FaceApp’s Russia Link Is the Latest Alarm in an Ongoing Digital Red Scare

July 23, 2019

Via: Fortune

Last week, in the epitome of an about-face, A.I.-driven photo editing app FaceApp went from trending on Twitter to a spot on the Democratic National Committee’s “do not use” list in the span of just a few days. But the viral app isn’t alone in falling out of favor with users. A variety of Russian-developed tech has set off alarms in recent years, leaving Americans to wonder how safe it is to give foreign apps and services access to their data.

Popular—and controversial—for years, FaceApp caught the eye of social media users again last week, and the app’s ubiquitous old age photos also caused experts to take a closer look at the app’s privacy policy.

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