Browsing on Facebook posts today, one can really admit that Tiktok and FaceApp have dominated the social media. And Pinoys who are naturally fun loving people have seen relief (from COVID-19 pandemic) and humor through these apps. TikTok is a Chinese video-sharing social networking, it is used to create short dance, lip-sync, comedy and talent videos. It was first launched in China market in September 2016. While the viral face changing app – FaceApp is made by Russia. These two countries who made these trending, viral apps are close friends, President Xi Jinping even called the Russian President, his best friend.
These two apps are both entertaining and fun that Pinoys went crazy over them, as seen on the social media posts. Parents take videos of their children dancing and singing using Tiktok, others use FaceApp to challenge their siblings and see if they really have strong similarities or resemblance when they swap their faces to a different gender. Even our lolos and lolas (grandparents) were fascinated to see the photos of their “apos” (grandchildren) swap. I also giggled when I see my nephew’s face swap to a girl’s face, and my daughter’s face to a boy. All of us are left laughing heartily upon seeing the photos, amazed of the gender-swapping app.
However, an alarming news broke early morning yesterday. I heard over a local radio that there were questions on data privacy issues of FaceApp, even Tiktok. On a post relative to Face App Privacy, it was mentioned that in December 2019, FBI issued a warning about FaceApp, saying that FaceApp and other apps developed in Russia are “potential counter inter-intelligence threat.” https://www.forbes.com/sites/kateoflahertyuk/2020/06/19/faceapp-privacy-what-you-need-to-know-about-the-viral-russian-app/#62bcde567219
Concerns raised included the questions, “Does FaceApp steal data and or take your information?” .
As I mentioned Pinoys are naturally fun loving people, that is why, the Country has wholeheartedly ’embrace’ these apps. FaceApp which has given us with a temporary relief from stress due to COVID-19 pandemic, has been widely accepted and trending for days. But the lingering question will be on the data security and privacy. How will Pinoys react to this? I just hope that we’ve become critical to protect ourselves from possible data loss or worst, theft and won’t be lured so much by this entertainment.
Forgive me if for one last chance, I tried to use FaceApp on our President, look, he’s definitely good looking as a woman. 🙂