Despite launching in late January, the face-morphing app appropriately titled “FaceApp” experienced a surge in popularity this past week. The app specializes in automatically editing facial features, offering users the options of looking “old,” “young,” “hot,” or swapping their gender when they take selfies. The app can also add smiles to your portraits, which, I must admit, is fairly terrifying.
Here is my own deeply disturbing attempt at using the Smile, Old and Male filters.
(Silver lining: at least I look kind of like Ina Garten when I get old?)
The app has already encountered some controversy, thanks to its “Hot” filter (which was recently renamed to “Spark”). Users accused the Russian-made app of being racist, as it perpetually lightens skin tones and added more European features when it comes to making selfies look “more attractive.”
Despite the backlash, Twitter is still somewhat helpless to the irresistible distractions offered by the app, and many users have found themselves in a baffling love-hate relationship with this face-morphing app.
Here are some of the best tweets from people who are reluctantly discussing FaceApp — some of them love it, many of them hate it, but everyone unanimously agrees that it’s super easy to make fun of.